Seven Devils / Hells Canyon Wilderness

I was excited to hear that my Army buddy John was moving to Idaho and when he did, it didn’t take long for us to discuss future backpacking trips.  We reviewed a few options but I am not going to lie, with names like She Devil, He Devil, The Ogre, The Goblin, Twin Imps, Devil’s Throne, and Devil’s Tooth, the 27 mile loop around the Seven Devils appealed to my inner nerd and it made the short list.  

 

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2013 Wonderland Trail Section Hike / Epilogue

This was a new experience for me as I have never hiked a trail which offers this kind of elevation gain and loss over 93 miles.  What I have learned about myself from section hiking 55 miles of it in total, a 20 mile day on the Wonderland Trail to be at the upper threshold of my abilities for me at this point in time, a 15 mile day would be an easy day with time to spare for photography and an occasional side trip, and 10 miles or less to be a relaxing vacation.

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2013 Wonderland Trail Section Hike / Part Four

White River to Sunrise Visitor Center (Time for a reality check)

Continuing the theme of the previous two days, my eyes opened before my alarm.  This time however, I was horrified to see that it was only 1:30am.  I had previously repackaged my ibuprofen into a ziplock bag where I wrote the dosing instructions in marker onto the bag.  Did I mistakenly purchase ibuprofen with caffeine?  That will remain a mystery but I could not fall back to sleep.

Sunrise Visitor Center

Sunrise Visitor Center

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2013 Wonderland Trail Section Hike / Part Two

Longmire WIC to Nickel Creek (Time For An Attitude Adjustment)~

I had hoped to hike between 18-20 miles on my first day but due to the full camps, I hiked less than 14.

I stepped onto the trail at 8:30am and started making my way to the Nickel Creek campground.  At risk of sounding like an ungrateful trustafarian brat, the southern portion of the Wonderland Trail is pretty uninspiring.  More often than not there is a road within earshot and the trail rarely offers up any views in this section.

Reflection Lake

Reflection Lake

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2013 Wonderland Trail Section Hike / Part One

Prelude ~

My eyes were open before my alarm went off.

“Go back to sleep.  Go back to sleep.  Please, please, please…. go back to sleep.”

Well that didn’t work.  I may be a middle aged man but before I leave on a big trip, I’m basically an eight-year-old on Christmas morning at heart.

I surrendered to the fact that blissful slumber was not mine to be had and rolled out of bed.  I was up nearly two hours before I was supposed to and running on four hours of sleep.  Not the end of the world but I hate starting a trip this way.

All buckled up and ready to go.

All buckled up and ready to go.

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