3170ft loss/9 miles. We awoke to grey skies, slightly misty, actually, and after breakfast we load up and head home, a thankfully uneventful day, other than the fact that we actually got rained on during the return trip, and Dave has unsuccessfully broken in new boots… In fact, it seems they’ve broken him in, and I have several blisters on the tops of my feet, near my ankles, and no skin left on my heels, either, despite my best efforts at patching them up…On the way down, we start to pass hikers, and we figure that they must have taken the yellow tape down.
The trailhead board, however, had a new bulletin on it: “Food acclimatized bear in the Necklace Valley, camping here not advised at this time”…An eventful hike, one that will not be forgotten. There is plenty to see and do in the Necklace Valley, and if you decide to go, there’s opportunity to explore the many lakes that dot the valley, or if you’re up to the challenge, there are also Mt. peaks to climb, I just hope for your sakes, that you are able to avoid the situation that we found ourselves in.