Arriving at the meadows

The next mile-plus is a little steeper, but not a whole lot. Considering the total elevation gained, and the total distance just over 5 miles, this wasn't so bad! Where the dry trail reaches this unlikely high meadow and takes an abrupt right turn, we look to the left. A short mushy crossing of a lower corner of the meadow takes us to a well-horse-trodden camp on firm dry land. On any normal year, the meadows would be firm and dry too, but this particularly year, only a few brave grouse and grasshoppers came wading through.

Stafford trail