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Camp along Bubbs Creek after the others departed (view N)

Day 8. Backpacking Day 7.
Bubbs Creek to Kearsarge Lakes

I was up early with my camp guests, but as they headed south early, I hobbled around camp trying to loosen up my shin. I decided to do a short 3-mile day to let my leg rest and hopefully begin to recover. Hikers who had experienced shin splints before said there was nothing to do except rest.

I slowly hiked down Bubbs Creek about 2 miles and stopped at Vidette Meadow, a good place to spend the night. I soaked my leg in the creek, but by lunchtime however, I decided that I needed to get out and sent Liz a satellite message to please come and pick me up in two days. With the aid of cold water, trekking poles, and drugs, I could move, so I decided that I needed to move while I could.

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Trail in the woods along Bubbs Creek (view N)

I continued down along Bubbs Creek to a trail junction in Lower Vidette Meadow. Turning uphill, I continued on the JMT climbing steeply out of Bubbs Creek Valley. The trail was steep, but there was a stream crossing about halfway up that provided more leg-soaking time. Fortunately, hiking uphill was more comfortable than hiking downhill.

Continuing, I hobbled up steep trail to a junction that would lead east and out over Kearsarge Pass. I rested up for more than an hour (soaking in the creek), then decided to press on figuring that I could find a nice campsite away from the crowed JMT.

To my surprise, it was another 2 miles before I found a suitable campsite at Kearsarge Lakes. There, I met some nice people, one of whom let me use his Delorme Satellite Communicator to send Liz a text message that I'd be out the next afternoon.

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Rocks and trees along Bubbs Creek (view N)
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Meadow along Bubbs Creek (view N)
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Looking back up Bubbs Creek (view S)
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Gate to block run-away stock (view N)
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Looking back up waterfall on Bubbs Creek (view SW)
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Approaching 10,000-ft elevation sign (view N)
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10,000-ft elevation sign (view S)
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Camp area at Vidette Meadow (view NW)
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The trail climbs steeply over the saddle (view N)
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Trail in the woods (view N)
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Bubbs Creek (view SW)
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Wildflower on edge of Bubbs Creek
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Bubbs Creek (view NW)
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Trail junction; JMT turns right (view W)
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Sign at trail junction (view NE)
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Switchback climbing out of Bubbs Creek Valley (view W)
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View towards Kearsarge Pass (view E)
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Sunny trail climbing across hillside (view E)
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Shady trail (view E)
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Small stream seeping across trail (view NE)
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Grand scenery (view S up Bubbs Creek Valley)
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Trail crossing rocky hillside (view NE)
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Looking back down Bubbs Creek (view W)
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Grand scenery (view S up Bubbs Creek Valley)
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Stream with water to soak the shin (view SE)
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Extremely steep trail (view NW)
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JMT-Kearsarge Pass trail junction (view NE)
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JMT-Kearsarge Pass trail junction sign (view NE)
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JMT-Kearsarge Pass trail junction sign (view W)
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Jim departing the JMT (view W)
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Mule deer in small meadow near trail junction (view SE)
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First Lower Bullfrog Lake (view E; no camping)
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Second Lower Bullfrog Lake (view E; no camping)
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Bullfrog Lake (view E; no camping)
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Kearsarge Pass above Bullfrog Lake (view E)
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Hobbling along rocky trail (view E)
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Bullfrog Lake (view S towards Upper Bubbs Creek Valley)
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Bullfrog Lake (view S towards Upper Bubbs Creek Valley)
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Campsite at Kearsarge Lake (view S)
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Kearsarge Pass (view NE)
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Kearsarge Lake (view SE)
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Kearsarge Lake (view SW)
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Kearsarge Lake (view S)
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Camp Kearsarge Lake (view E to Kearsarge Pass)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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