Day 5 came with a glory of sunrise (as you may have seen on Wednesday's post) and, thankfully, no rain confronted us - which as good news, as was the fact that our hike would be (for the most part) downhill). The less good news was that it would be the longest mileage, over 14 miles. The goal was to reach our original campsite, the Post Corral Creek.
Last look back towards Mt Goddard:
The descent was, for the most part, pretty straightforward. The trees, shrubs and plants grew more plentiful as we continued down.
We descended into what was effectively the King River Canyon, where the river became our boon companion over the next several miles.
The hiking along the river was much more up and down as we followed the contour of the trail and the landscape. The good news was that we were back into maintained trail territory; we passed at least two sets of hikers, the first time we had seen anyone other than ourselves in two days.
This years' rains and snow made for some green, large Alpine meadows.
Our halfway point was a stop along the King River, where we spent about 30 minutes relaxing. Overall my stamina held up well during the descent and there were no signs of anything like Altitude Sickness, likely a combination of the descending altitude and finally getting acclimatized.
Just as we were getting ready to head out, the rain clouds started to roll back in. It appeared we would spend the rest of the hike in one final rainstorm.