8/22, day 118, 24.8 mi., 9000′
The most notable elevation fact is the low of 5720′. We haven’t been that low even in towns for a while.
We also haven’t seen big animals, thinking they are at lower elevations.
Ken found blueberries growing along South Fork of Sheep Creek. Yes…that’s where the bears are. He saw a black bear cub at the same time that the cub saw him. The cub went the other way as fast as it could run.
We made a traverse around the end of Fourth of July Creek. The NFS did a great job of cutting a 3 foot wide trail on the side of a near vertical mountainside for about 2 miles.