Hiked the Mt. Meader, Basin Rim, Meader Ridge and Bicknell Ridge trails. Mike Lynch joined me for this long day of hiking. The weather was perfect for hiking, sunny not too hot and enough of a breeze to keep things comfortable. We started up the Mt. Meader trail which started off pretty flat on old logging roads before it got steep for the final push to Mt. Meader. The trail was pretty icy initially but eventually the ice was gone as we got to some slopes that faced south and received lots of sun.
When the trail turned steeper it also got icy again so the traction went back on the feet and stayed on for most of the rest of the hike. We finally got to the junction with the Basin Rim trail and started down that to the Rim Junction. We lost a total of 800 feet and it was very icy. Many times we went off trail to avoid the ice and have trees to hang onto. We made it to Rim Junction and had our PBJs and a well deserved break.
Unfortunately after lunch we had to turn around and go back up the same icy trail we had just came down and regain the 800 feet we had just lost. It was a little easier going up the ice than coming down it but still time-consuming.
After regaining the summit of Mt. Meader we continued along the ridge to Eagle Crag. The trail alternated between ice, bare ground and knee-deep snow, it was a very time-consuming 2 miles of tough conditions. There were good views from Eagle Crag.
After leaving Eagle Crag we descended the Bicknell Ridge trail back to the parking lot. It was quite steep and rocky at the top with some interesting patches of ice. Eventually we got to bare ground and were able to take the traction off. Then we had two interesting stream crossings that we managed to get across without getting wet. One involved using a downed tree to get across. Then it got icy again and the traction went back on. It was fun day and my knee didn’t complain much. Only 53.1 miles left to go.