Hiking The Rockwall solo
So I thought I would post this question to the hiking community but I apologize if the question is a bit ambiguous. I have an upcoming backpacking trip for The Rockwall trail in the Rockies. My itinerary is:
July 11 - Paint Pots to Helmet Falls
July 12 - Helmet Falls to Numa Creek
July 13 - Numa Creek to Floe Lake
July 14 - Floe lake to trailhead.
Current plan is to park at Floe lake trailhead and hopefully hitch a ride to the Paint Pots trailhead. I will be doing the trip solo and this will still be dependent upon the snow conditions on the trail ( I will do my research before heading out). But here is the thing, I am a 33 year old male, avid hiker, fairly fit and am fairly comfortable backpacking on my own. I will be carrying my ten essentials along with my bear spray and a bear horn. Only thing is, I have never backpacked alone in grizzly country (most of my backpacking trips have been in Washington state where the you generally only encounter black bears and, not to underestimate them, but they are generally less aggressive than grizzlies). I would love for some insight from those who have done this hike previously, specially if you have done it solo but otherwise as well, as how I could tackle this trip on my own. Is the trail fairly busy? Which sections of the trail am I likely to find myself on my own? What are the chances of a bear encounter? Any other tips, advice or insights as I prepare for this backpacking trip? And of course, if by some co-incidence, your itinerary actually matches mine, I would appreciate a hiking companion. Thanks in advance!