Vermilion Valley Resort to Florence Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This is a short route by John Muir Trail standards but a great stretch of the trail for hikers who want to be in more remote backcountry than a shorter trip normally affords. The short mileage allows you to carry more food, and it’s possible to really stretch out this journey; lingering at stunning Marie Lake, leisurely ascending Selden Pass (10,880 feet), and allowing for a layover day at Sallie Keyes Lakes. It’s also possible to make this section rather glamorous by spending the night at the Muir Trail Ranch or soaking in nearby Blayney Hot Springs. But this will depend on the ranch’s availability for one-night stays, which can be quite limited. Admittedly the path begins with a grueling set of switchbacks shortly after the ferry from Edison Lake. Well-acclimated thru hikers will have little trouble, but anyone starting out from this point will get a rather rapid and heart-pounding introduction to the high-altitude hiking that awaits. Outstanding features: Bear Creek Meadow, Rosemarie Meadow, Marie Lake, Selden Pass, Sallie Keyes Lakes, Blayney Hot Springs"