I was up in time to see the sun rise over the ridge, and was thankful for the warmth of the glowing sun.
I hiked 4 miles to meet up with the reopened portion of the PCT and had a beautiful climb to the top.
I met a day hiker named Diane who was training to do a section of the John Muir Trail this summer.
I found a firetower at the summit.
I hiked on and was grateful to have completed the detour and to be back on the trail.
I built a snowman.
And took an afternoon coffee break.
My spirits started to wane by late afternoon, but the spirit of the trail found ways to cheer me up.
Here's a closer look:
And caught a couple of chipmunks plotting mischief.
Spirits revived, I soon found a campsite with a fire pit and enjoyed the warmth of the fire and the company of several hikers.