Originally planned as a scout event, I did a overnight up at Burnt Rancheria in the Lagunas. Traffic getting there was the worst I have seen in a long time so I got there in the dark. I set up camp right before it started drizzling; nothing too bad but enough to get in the tent after a quick dinner. I woke up to hit the trail right after making some coffee. My plan was to head up the PCT and hit Monument Peak, then see how I felt and plan the return to camp.
The hike to Monument Peak was great. Although smoke and haze ruined the views to the desert; you could barely see Whale Peak. After Monument, I headed over the Hays Peak. My knee was feeling pretty good so I decided to take a circular route back via the lagunas. The "trail" down from Hays was steep and overgrown but thankfully short. From there I headed across Sunset Highway into the closed Horse Heaven camp. I stopped for a bathroom break in the southeast part of Laguna campground and headed out into the meadows. At one of the junctions, I decided to head back since I didn't want to push my knee too hard. I headed up the trail to Red Roost and then back into Burnt Rancheria. It was about 11 miles overall with great weather.
|Smoke and haze over the desert|
|Hays Peak from Monument Peak|
|Along the trail|