Wonderland Trail - 08-2016
You will get an idea from the photos that the Wonderland is just that, a wonder of spectacular scenery, although these photos are few and do not do it justice. It is however very brutal in places, well most places, that will tax you to the maximum. The Wonderland is known for major elevation gains and losses every day on some very rugged trails with climbs down into river valleys and then back up to ridge tops. And once in there are few places to get out so you have to just push on. No helicopter rescues for whimpering old men with sore feet, achy shoulders and screaming back and thighs.
I suffered some blisters I could handle, both feet and shoulders. But I also suffered some nerve issues through my right shoulder and back which around day four became debilitating at times. By day six I was beginning to consider my safety as the trail can be very dangerous in places. While lying in my tent on night six at a Camp called Devils Dream (no joke) I began thinking that I had accomplished 66% of the trail in 6 days and 6 nights. Oh and this was all for my 66th birthday. On day seven while walking down to Longmire to meet my wife and some friends who were going to resupply me I thought that all those sixes and staying at Devils Dream was telling me something.
So on the seventh day I rested. Next year I’ll go back and do the last 30 miles.
Enjoy the photos, they were hard earned. Some of the toughest areas the camera stayed in the bag, sorry.
The dried up water source for Klapatche Camp. Had to fill up about a mile before camp as the trail news was passed by others going in the opposite direction. This became a common problem on the west side of the mountain. But the trail news system works well for hazards, water and climb reports.