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Summer overnight backpacking trip to Big Pine Creek in John Muir Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, west of Big Pine, California. A hail storm came up just before reaching our destination of Third Lake, then it rained for 16 hours.  Day hike up to Fourth Lake, then departed. Camped the nights before and after at the Big Pine Creek Campground. Using the bear-proof lockers at the trailhead is recommended for any food left behind, but they are small and were packed full.

Statistics:
15.67 mi (6.44 mi uphill, 6.81 mi downhill, 2.14 mi flat)
3100 ft total ascent – 14.7 % uphill grade, 62.4 % downhill grade
1 day 6:38:52 total time (8:40:13 moving, 21:58:39 stopped)
0:33:10 pace (1.8 mph average speed)
29.7 difficulty, 54.8 effort