Originally had planned on doing a different trip into the lower Mazzies but conditions and logistics actually favored this trip and considering it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for many years I put it into play and it worked out fantastically.
Starting at the Rock Creek TH was such a treat, not a soul there but us three friends and Payton the adventure pup.
Getting the hard work out of the way on day one was the way to go, RC trail is in suberb condition for the most part besides the little portion before you top out and the backside when it gets tight but a keen eye can spot the manzanita base trimmings done by someone I truly admire.
Hitting the divide like everyone says feels like a “super highway” which is the prefect description as it was a treat for the feet and legs.
I expected to run into some other backpackers at the 5 star camp that HCS is but we had the place all to ourselves!
Made camp and relaxed a little bit before we made the pleasant stroll to the nearby epic geological features.
After spending time on the edge and enjoying the sunset we made our way back to camp followed by a great night of camping and a massive moon above with quite literally perfect weather.
Just as planned we were cruising on Sunday with lighter packs, minimal elevation and expressway of a trail gave one the ability to really soak in the mind blowing views.
We saw are first human just before Chilson Spring and soon after saw one then many more once we got within a mile of the Big K.
Had lunch in the grotto and breezed down the rest of Barnhardt back to the TH where a good friend of mine picked us up at and drove us back to my truck at the again empty Rock Creek TH.
Truly an amazing and fulfilling trip with good friends and my dog Payton who I’m so proud of as she crushed it and led the pack quite literally the entire trip.