Taking in the views in the Marble Mountain Wilderness

Day 17. Tuesday, August 7, 2007

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Start: Town of Etna

Miles Hiked: 24.1

Stop: Marble Valley

(N 41 33.800, W 123 11.896)

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Another day of “Sierra” type hiking: up and down, passes, bumps. Nothing is flat. The trail twists around, and is totally unpredictable.

The mountains are so strange here. We came around one bend to find a mountain with three distinct colors: There was a section with red rocks, then white rocks, then green rocks.

We wondered all day why this wilderness is called Marble Mountains, even thinking it had something to do with the shapes of the peaks. Well we found out that it is called Marble Mountains, because there is real Marble all around. One entire mountain is make out of the stuff.

We really did get started early – the hotel manager was nice to get up early and give us a ride back. Fun hiking. We did 14 miles before lunch. We are carrying a lot more water than normal, because we are not sure where we can find good sources.

I cannot believe how good I am hiking, but I am feeling a little melancholy today. This is partly because we are sleepy. Also, it is partly because I miss my wife. And its partly because of my dad’s illness.

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After a zero day, we get started early again (6am).
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A weird flower, that Ken thought was ugly, but I wanted a pic of it anyway.
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The trail in the Marble Mountains. We are not sure why these mountains are called "Marble".
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Back on the crest.
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More views from the crest.
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No doubt about were the trail goes, at least for the next few minutes.
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Ken, in his hiker pose, with the Marble mountains behind.
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My hiker pose.
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I love being up on the crest.
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More crest walking. Still not sure why they call this place the Marble Mountains.
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We just went over a very steep climb to a pass. This is what we found on the other side.
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What’s wrong with this trail? It continues to go up, even after the last pass, and we are going the wrong way.
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The trail takes us up to the top of a mountain that we didn't think we needed to climb.
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It's pretty up here.
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And very steep in some places.
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Taking in the view. Don't you like the way Ken packs?
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Now we know why its called Marble Mountain. Its made out of Marble!
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That marble on both sides of the trail.
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Marble is everywhere.
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The ranger station in the middle of Marble valley. We stayed near here for the night.
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On of the many dear that bothered us during the evening.