As I drove back to Bishop after guiding the East Couloir of Mt Mills, my body was craving for more activity then the two-hour hike out had provided. I'd always wanted to spend more time in the North Lake area, so I simply turned of of 395 and onto 168 and headed back into the hills.
The trail from North Lake to Piute Pass passes through what, 4, 5 micro-cosms? From raging creek and lush plant life to dry and arid south-facing hillsides. I just turned on my iPod, picked an album, and went. Originally I was just going for a 30 minute run, but after 20 minutes I convinved myself I could keep going for ten more minutes. Then another 10 minutes after that. Finally, I found myself calling "time" 45 minutes into the run, where the snow and the east shore of Loch Leven met.
I came home that night with my legs tired but my mind glowing. Ahhh....
Statistics: Trail run to Loch Leven. 5 miles, 1400' climbed, 1500' descended. 1:04:24