Leaving VVR was tough – but after a full breakfast we returned to the trail. The first part followed Lake Edison and was all in the burn area from last year. However we quickly rejoined the official JMT and started to ascend towards Silver pass, following Mono Creek. Since descending from Evolution Basin, more of the trail had been in forest rather than above the tree line, today we again escaped to higher ground for some sweeping vistas, but quite the climb.

Distance: 14.9; Ascent: 4271′; Descent: 2198′