17 miles. 3624’ gain. 2501’ loss.
Left camp at 7:00am after coffee and oatmeal. Climbed up ridge for 1300’ where the grade eased.
Nice hiking along a ridge with great views. Easier going and less demanding on our water supply. Could not locate Mud Spring even though it was clear where it was on the map. Eventually found good water at Alex Hole Spring. Plenty and cold.
4 1/2 miles more brought us to Bear Ground Spring. Good water source. Parmesan garlic rice and pasta for dinner after hot cocoa. Herd of cows wandered through making lots of clanging.