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Backpacking trip to Midnight Lake in the John Muir Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, west of Bishop, California. Absolutely gorgeous area. Plenty of campsites on the granite plateau on the south side of the lake. Sunny on the hike in, intermittent rain on the layover day and most of the next night, then morning blue sky on the departure day turned dark as a storm came in. Sleet, rain, thunder and lightning as we hiked out. Drought year and we choose the one week of the monsoon weather pattern.

Statistics:
14.06 mi (5.55 mi uphill, 6.10 mi downhill, 2.13 mi flat)
2100 ft total ascent – 16.7 % uphill grade, 80.9 % downhill grade
2 days 3:36:35 total time (8:41:11 moving, 1 day 18:55:24 stopped)
0:37:04 pace (1.6 mph average speed, 8.5 mph max speed)
33.1 difficulty, 58.3 effort