I took a lot of video on this section and really tried to study the lay of the land on the advice of Hardrock veterans Jim Ballard, Scott Brockmeyer and Geoff Scott. I found the trail to be well marked, but if you hit this at night and have the misfortune of having marmots or elk take out a marker or two, this could be tough. There are numerous cross-country sections where you either have to know the general direction you are going or hop marker to marker.
Here are some of my favorite videos from the day...
And links to many more videos of this section for those studying up!
- KT Aid Station mi 89
- Descent to South Fork of Mineral Creek mi 89.2
- After Crossing South Fork Mineral Creek 89.5
- Crossing Porcupine Creek mi 91.1
- Climbing out of Porcupine Creek Drainage mi 91.2
- Climbing out of Porcupine Creek Drainage mi 91.5ish
- Climbing up Porcupine Creek Saddle
- Porcupine-Cataract Saddle 360 view mi 91.9
- Porcupine-Cataract Saddle mi 92
- Cataract Basin Mi 92.2
- Cataract Basin Mi 92.5
- Final Climb! mi 92.7
- Continuous climb under Peak 13,042 at mi 93
- Putnam-Lime Creek Saddle mi 93.5
- Descending Parallel to Putnam Creek mi 94
- Silverton Bear Creek Trail
- Mineral Creek Crossing mi 98.5
- Beginning of the Nute Chute after crossing HWY 550