Once a year is not often enough to take on the epic Pawnee-Buchanan Loop, but that seems to be my timing. This was the first attempt in the clockwise direction and it was a different experience entirely.
We had a nice group of 12 runners charging up the first steep climb towards Pawnee Pass.
And then back down into the valley.
The western slope is incredibly verdant.
The water falls were numerous and gushing.
5 hours later we started the climb towards Buchanan Pass.
There is plenty of time left this year to try this one again!