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I solo hiked the OML Feb. 28 to March 2. Iíve already typed out trip reports which the computer has lost, so Iím taking the precaution of typing this as a word document that I can cut and paste. Forgive its brevity.I left Austin early 2/27, got to Panther Junction, got the necessary permits, dropped water at HW ranch, then car camped at the Basin Campground where I was lucky enough to reserve a spot two weeks prior. It rained that night but everything seemed to dry quickly the next morning.I found water upstream from Boot Spring. Didnít check Juniper Spring because I was running behind. I found water in both Dodson Spring and Fresno Creek. My camping was done near the junction of Juniper Springs Trail and Dodson on night one and Homer Wilson Ranch vicinity on night two. This required hikes of over 10 hours on day one and 12 hours on day two. Those are poor ets but Iím 65 years old and didnít mean to set any records. I was totally beat after the third day of over Blue Creek and Laguna Meadows trails but the tremendous expenditure of effort made for a tremendous sense of accomplishment.I encountered adverse weather: Rain, High Winds and Cold Temps, but fortunately not all at the same time.This is a tough hike. Anyone my age who wants to repeat my experience should carefully assess their physical fitness. Study the FAQ here and read the trip reports. If you can find a partner do so.
Say - didn't you attempt a Rancherias Loop last year?
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