Well, there's not much new to see; you've already seen the highights,
you're just backtracking now. It took us 3 ½ hrs to finish
the trail once we left the Ore Terminal. The view is just as stunning
going back as it was going up.
What I do have here is a shot from the bladders of our hydration
systems, with the water we had left at the end of the hike. They
were full at the beginning of the hike. The one on the left was
my wife's and it held 70 ounces. Mine on the right holds 100 ounces.
See how little water is left? And this was in February! I'd be
carrying more water if hiked in hotter months.
As we came back, I made sure to offer my wife water every 5 to 10
minutes because I was worried about her getting dyhdrated. Good thing,
because we both think she was suffering from the effects of dehydration
early on in the hike and I didn't catch them because it was within
the first hour and it wasn't hot. Morale of the story: bring plenty
of water and sip it frequently. I've heard the advice that if you're
thirsty, you're too late.