hiked at the trail once before, but I hadn't been up Little East Fork. The hike was mostly
uneventful, but there were multiple crossings of Little East Fork. I opted to skip trying to keep
dry and just elected to march through the knee-deep crossings. I ended up hiking in about 6
or 7 miles and then backtracking a couple of miles and setting up camp in a large meadow just
outside the Wilderness boundary. I saw some elk and a moose, and enjoyed the large full
moon until the cold wind sent me into the tent. This was my first cold night with my new
sleeping back, so I was anxious to see how well it would do. My thermometer showed that it
got down to around 32 inside the tent, and when I woke up all the wet stuff was frozen...and I
didn't get cold in my bag. That was nice. This new bag is definitely warmer and lighter than
my old bag. That's a good thing.
This trail is pretty nice, and the creek crossings kept all the people away, so I had the trail to
myself. That's a good weekend.