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Catz: the hardest part was just getting on the Dodson. It was probably only 5 miles of the day but I was probably going like 1 mph cause it took me all morning haha! The climb up Juniper was also farther than anticipatedůmaybe that's why others were telling me I was going backwards Finishing with a night hike on solid trail was another dimension to the adventure!I did have an Inreach that I used for tracking/navigation so I hope to get a file with most of my route on here soon.
It will be interesting to see your track because you sure got turned around on both the Smoky Creek trail and the ET trail. Those slow downs alone could have really put you behind timewise (and lost/confused for a while) I am surprised you so easily cruised on through those situations. Especially your descent of the falls on the east side of Sugarloaf mtn., where the Smoky creek trail goes to the west side. That stops most folks and the only reports I have read (including mine) has folks going down/around it on the opposite side you did. I do find that sometimes the less used trails are more trouble to follow than just going cross country is.
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