I did the northbound variation and started near the pack station at the North Lake parking lot at 7:58 a.m. It was a very windy day with gusts above 30 mph, but thankfully it wasn't too constant and the wind seemed to die down as the day went on. Temperatures weren't too cold. Still, it was neat to see some of the lakes frozen over. I wore leggings and a long-sleeved top, though, by the end of the day, I felt overdressed. The snowpack at Paiute Pass was icy yet doable in my trail shoes. Too, all of the water crossings were doable without getting wet, which I was grateful for because there were quite a few! I believe my time breakdowns were as follows: Paiute Pass 1h 23m; French Canyon Junction 2h 38m; Pine Creek Pass 3h 58m; Pine Creek TH 5h 28m 43s. Overall, the day was beautiful and as always, these mountains are just stunning. This is such a great route for the area. The trails are technical and hard to just let loose and fly, but also more runnable than one might think. I ran alone and carried my own water and food. The trails weren't busy and I only came across day hikers near the trailheads. I had a close call with an ankle roll on the descent from Pine Creek Pass. Luckily, after sitting for a minute, everything felt fine. Phew! This effort was part of a fundraising campaign for ReNew Earth Running I've been doing this Fall. Very happy to finally experience this route.
5h 28m 43s