Farewell Canyon

Lower Franklin Lake to Sawtooth Trailhead
(6 miles, +600/-3,100 feet).

Today was an easy day, but that’s just alright with me given the last two days and my impending 7 hour drive back to San Diego.

Last night was peaceful and calm again.  You’d think I would have slept well, but I kept having dreams about falling.  I guess my subconscious is a little freaked out about these crazy passes!

So I was a little sleepy but the trail was mostly downhill and not too hard to manage.

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Good morning Franklin!
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Predawn light
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A snowy massif above Franklin Creek
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Meadow just below 10,000 feet

At the crossing of Franklin Creek I stopped for breakfast and then crossed 100 feet upstream from the ford on two little jumps across the two streams that join just above the ford.

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Franklin Creek ford

Shortly after the ford I encountered two snow fields on trail below Lady Franklin Mine but it wasn’t too difficult.  I decided not to put on my crampons at either one, but I did scramble off trail at the lower field so I could walk across a less steep part.

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Snow field at about 9900 feet
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Another snowfield, icy but not steep and with an existing boot track\

After that it was pure duffy deliciousness as the trail wound around to Farewell Canyon.

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Duffy trail
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Farewell Canyon

I surprised a family of deer on the way down.

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Score for the trip: Deer 4, Frogs 1, Bears 0

And then the trail headed back to Franklin Creek.

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Franklin Creek falls
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Good morning flowers!

The Franklin Creek ford was safe, but I couldn’t quite rock hop it.  The water came up to my ankles on one rock in the middle.

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Wet feet 😦
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Spring is springing
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And springing!

I could have kept my feet dry at Crystal Creek, but since I was already wet I just walked straight through.  I loaded up one more liter of delicious Sierra water for the trip home.

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Crystal Creek: better than Crystal Geyser!

The view of Timber Gap welcomed me back to Mineral King

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Timber Gap

And just to make things official, a car-eating marmot watched me head back to my rental.

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Aw, next time don’t bring the tarp!
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Shanti says:

    Gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing. Please be safe out there.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. JimmyJam says:

      Thanks and I will!

      Like

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