Mineral King Sierra’s to Sawtooth Peak September 2010

This was my 1st trip to Mineral King. It has been talked about many times but not ever planned. We decided that this will be our trip this year because our original plan for Cottonwood lakes basin to Mt. Langley (14,042). We will have to settle for 12,243ft. of Sawtooth Peak! This trip started out awesome and just got better. We had to car camp our 1st night because we got to the trail head late (about 11:30pm). As soon as we got our stuff out of the truck and tucked into the bear box we saw some glimmering eyes in the distance. The eyes moved downwards as if it were a big cat ready to pounce. We all got a little freaked out and thought it was a mountain lion. My friend Adam charged at the glimmering eyes with a growling roar! The eyes quickly popped back up and took off and then we could see what it was. It was a huge deer and all of a sudden the freakiness wore off and we were off to sleep. We slept in and around the truck till morning. We cooked some breakfast up on this granite table and man it was cold! I had oatmeal with raisins and granola and it was delicious. Ben and Travis had some pre-made freeze-dried meals that were really good too! Check out Travis’ lightweight aluminum cooking table. After breakfast I walked down to the wilderness office to get the trail map and our wilderness permits. We drove down the road to our trail head and started the hike uphill. This is a tough hike with a lot of switchbacks right out of the gate. I...

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