As an aside: From the top of the canyon I could see a snowy peak looking upriver that looked suspiciously like Granite Chief from the back. Looking at Google Earth later, it absolutely could be (26.5 air miles away.) This also led me to actally look at numbers for something I'd long wondered about - the average ratio between air miles, road miles and trail miles. Looks like straight-line air miles distance is usually about half the trail distance, with the road miles being in between but significantly closer to the straight line distance. I guess in cases where you're going through just as much mountains as the trail - ie along the Western States - the road distance relative to trail is the highest.
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