Leaving with the morning boat taxi, we returned to the trail shortly thereafter, ready for John's favorite part of the Muir trail, Bear Ridge, which has an almost endless number of switchbacks! As soon as we crossed Mono Creek we began the climb (2200 feet in four and a half miles), usually a hot and dry climb. Along the climb there is only one water source, at a switchback where the trail gets close to the stream. After topping the ridge we began a downhill section of trail which brought us to the side of Bear Creek, a very pleasant area after mosquito season. Walking gradually uphill, we soon approached the Lake Italy trail junction, camping just a bit before reaching it, off to the right of the trail amongst a small copse of trees.
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