PCT 2015 – Week 13

30 July – Day 86 – mi. 1664 – Oregon border – reflections on California and 1700 miles – sunset beauty – 1st OR camp – mi. 1691

 

California/Oregon border

    
31 July – Day 87 – mi. 1691 – wake up, choked with smoke and glowing hazy sunrise – exhausted from breathing smoke and lots of miles – Callahan’s lodge – Ponte – Chicory’s birthday! – Ashland, OR hostel – mi. 1716

 

First Oregon sunrise

 
1 Aug – Day 88 – no miles – rest day in Ashland – excited to resupply with good food from natural food store – top chefs Middle and Ciervo make coconut, pineapple roast – late night with hiking friends – Swing Tree brewery – hostel again

 

Short and shoe twins

 
2 Aug – Day 89 – mi. 1716 –  leftovers for breakfast – left town at noon – road walk – well executed  rest day – picked up a stove and pot – bye to Hundo – Highwater leaves to let fracture heal – late night road walk to cabin at Hyatt lake resort (thanks Middle) – hot tub, movies, ice cream sandwiches and bed – Hummingbird, KC, Teflon, Over Easy, Ladies Man, D’lux – Hyatt lake resort cabin – mi. 1740

 

Road walk out of Callahan’s

 
3 Aug – Day 90 – mi. 1740 –  lazy morning in the cabin with coffee – smoke filtered red glowing sunset – orange volcanic pumice stone covered trail winding through gray black boulder flows and evergreen forest – black mountain hut – southbounders – feeling tired and stiff – sore top of left ankle again – lava field camp – mi. 1766

 

Trail Grafitti

 
4 Aug – Day 91 – mi. 1766 – first coffee with new stove – bandana filter – Fish Lake Cafe – town food temptation is strong, I’m weak – Winedock – Fish Lake breakfast – low food = feeling blue – bored and kind of bummed on hike for a bit – food helped boost spirits – long dry stretches – volcanic talus fields and ridges – smokey views – talus radiating heat at night – treacherous night descent – invigorating night hike – crowded water camp – mi. 1797

 

Winedock hitching to breakfast

 
5 Aug – Day 92 – mi. 1797 – mile 1800! –  fresh, cool, early morning – fresh huckleberries thanks to Marty McFly – very tired and sleepy, can’t find energy to go faster – blisters are relentless – scrubby forest – expensive Mazama Village – resupply – the Barratz’! – pizza feast – view of lots of forest fires and smoke from the rim – Diamond Lake cabin – mi. 1818

Mile marker 1800

PCT 2015 – Week 12

23 July – Day 79 – mile 1479 – Castella, CA – Mt. Shasta City motel – mile 1498

 

Smokey Castle Crags


 
24 July – Day 80 – mile 1498 –  Mt. Shasta view camp – mile 1517 

 

Cowboy camp with a view


 
25 July – Day 81 – mile 1517 – seasonal spring camp – mile 1553

 

Sunrise and Mt. Shasta

 
26 July – Day 82 – mile 1553 – Tarp Tent village camp – mile 1588

 

Evening in the Russian Wilderness

 
27 July – Day 83 – mile 1588 – Etna, CA – Cub Spring camp – mile 1605

 

B&B and the Hiker Hut

 
 Edit28 July – Day 84 – mile 1605 – new PR, 42 miles – Grider Creek camp – mile 1647

 

Middle & Ciervo crushing big miles

 
29 July – Day 85 – mile 1647 – Kangaroo Spring camp – mile 1664

Highwater accepts the pancake challenge, and fails

PCT 2015 – Week 11

16 July – Day 72 – mi. 1291 – PUT YOUR FIRE DEAD OUT! – Mom hooks up a resupply through Backpacking Solutions – mile 1300 – gastrointestinal distress – Half way marker! – evening second wind – spooking deer – nocturnal boa snake – army crawl under and over downfall – late night in auto hike mode to highway – saved by Pops – hiker party at firefighter Sean’s house – loving, excited reunion with Team Gnar Gnar – late night with food, drink & friends – tired and happy – massive enchilada cowboy camp – Team Gnar Gnar, Hundo Daily, Roadrunner, K, Momma Goose, Ciervo, Chef, – Chester, CA – mile 1329
 

Hiker party

 
17 July – Day 73 – mile 1329 – trail angel pancake breakfast – second breakfast – Chester Rotary Club trail magic cookout – Boiling Springs – hike out with Middle, Key Lime, Roadrunner – late night hot springs soak and wine – rain – Drakespad – mile 1348 

  

Boiling Springs

 
   

18 July – Day 74 – mile 1348 – woke up to rain – breakfast hook up at Drakespad, delicious coffee and quiche – lake lunch and swim – The Chill Faction – soft, duffy trail in a burned forest with Mt. Lassen in the distance – unreported water sources – traveling through parallel worlds – town rush – thru hiking balance – RV campground shock – Old Station forest camp – mile 1371 

 

Burned forest

 
19 July – Day 75 – mile 1371 – breakfast at JJ’s – views of Shasta and Lassen – Hat Creek Rim – plantar fasciitis – Cache 22 exists – most sore feet of the trail! – late hobble to camp – everyone looks wrecked – too tired and sore to write – busted pipe fountain camp – mile 1404
 

view of Mt. Shasta

 
20 July – Day 76 – mile 1404 – Berney town breakfast and resupply – Anna’s Cafe – Wild Bird Spring trail magic – Berney Falls State Park – unruly hikers and vortex – pleasant evening hike – Rock Creek Ridge camp – mile 1422
 

Wild Bird Cache trail magic

 
21 July – Day 77 – mile 1422 – unremarkable terrain with heavily disturbed areas: logging, fire, powerlines – feeling slow – evening break to watch thunderstorm and lightning show over Mt. Shasta – great ridge traverse with storms – buzzed by a rattler – tired, tired, tired – Alder Creek old road camp – mile 1453
 

Ridge walk

 
22 July – Day 78 – mile 1453 – more foot pain – McCloud River is freezing cold – beautiful forest hike – Middle runs an is fast – GG, Morningstar, Cookie Monster, BC – hike, eat, sleep, repeat! – Trough Creek camp – mile 1479
     

    

PCT 2015 – week 10

9 July – day 65 – mi. 1110 – early hike to make miles – another 4 hr nap & lunch in the tent – screaming and laughing in a huge, loud storm – metallic crackling, ground shaking thunder, flashes inside – cold, wet, sleet, foggy afternoon, evening hike – views of Desolation Wilderness & Lake Tahoe – Half Time, Double Time, Mason Jar, Duffle, Walkie Talkie, Breeze, Boat – Lobo and ski lift camp above Squaw Valley – mi. 1141

Sleet and foggy ridge walk

10 July – day 66 – mi. 1141 – cloudy morning ridge walk – Pop Tart & Cheddah – parking lot Coke – BMW won’t give a hitch – great, outdoor youth guide hitch – pizza buffet – resupply – hwy patrolman hitch – letter from Lil – Nora virus strikes hikers – chill in Roberts motel – mi. 1156

 

A sunny break in the storms

 
11 July – day 67 – mi. 1156 – lots of friendly faces at Peter Grubb hut  – hut songbook – Herro – podcasts – evening second wind – band playing in town, heard on trail – hwy cowboy camp – 40 miles in 15 hours, new PR – mi. 1196

 

Early, foggy morning

 
12 July – day 68 – mi. 1196 – Sierra City – morning hitch – Middle on the front porch – Red Moose Inn hiker breakfast with Julio & Diogee – quick town in & out – free, hiker box resupply – RV breakfast magic – Zoolander, Boombox, Slob, Trout Sniffer, Sci fi, Nordic Travk , Songbird – Sierra Buttes – wine & cheese picnic with a view – mile 1200 – MTBs and motorcycles – dead tree camp – mi. 1222

 

Hikers eat here

 
13 July – day 69 – mi. 1222 – tired and nauseous – weedy, overgrown, exposed, post fire and logging terrain – West fork of Feather River, amazing swimming hole – dead limbs and thick growth – late hike – creek side camp – mi. 1251

 

Rednecks live here

 
14 July – day 70 – mi. 1251 – long climb continues – Bucks Summit – pull of the town goat – complete exhaustion – worst town food at Paradise Grill – town provides – teenage hippie hater – pit bull afraid of tent – Jody’s yard camp – good trail town, Quincy, CA – Platypus, Ciervo, 70%, Mosey – mi. 1265

 

Trail Angels!

 
15 July – day 71 – mi. 1265 – delicious breakfast burrito at Quincy Natural foods – Trina trail angel – trail reunions – steep, poison oak descent Belden – Belden burger coma – swimming – Bay Area, rich, Ferrari driving, yuppie  rave fest – steep ascent with blackberries, ugghh and yum – night hikers – campfire welcome – noisy deer camp – mi. 1291

Key Lime & Middle

PCT 2015 – Week 9

2-5 July – days 58-61 – Quincy, CA – no miles – High Sierra Music Festival – work is overrated – imbalanced insanity – 14 hours of stir fry and pad Thai – jam band grooves and energy flows – mismatched, outrageous outfits, scantily clad , silver space clothes, bikinis, fanny packs , utility belts, short shorts,  booty shorts, no shorts, fringe, speedos, skin and tattoos, tie dye, sun hats and sunburn, dreads, feathers and rainbows, lots of drugs, no sleep, late nights, glow sticks and disco balls, 5 AM kickball, indulgence – Con Brio, CA Chocolate drops, String Cheese, Marco Benevento, Motet, Troubadours session – culture shock – debauchery – Adam & Gina – horse stall camp

Troubadour Sessions

 

Partner in pad thai and stir fry

 
6 July – day 62 – festy hitch – “Wild” inspired hitch – park employee hitch – new shoes, PI N2s – town layover – errands – hostel camp – talk of quitting from hikers – no miles

  
 7 July – day 63 – more thunderstorms – deliberation – town vortex blues – Middle back on trail – Yama’s Magnet – James Brown – motel camp

 

Lake Tahoe

 
8 July – mi. 1091 – day 64 – Echo Summit – Echo Lake – back on trail – Angler, Wow- “Wild” inspired $20 – midday lunch and 4 hour nap to wait out storms -awakened by crazy camper dreams – thankful for a great tent – seperated by storms – mile 1100 – grouse & ducks – thunder camp –    mi. 1110

Afternoon storms

PCT 2015 – Week 8

25 June – mi 973 – Dad’s birthday – plastic ground cloth shake out alarm clock – Alpaca & Chicory sneak off in the wee morning hours – more “bumpy” terrain – better spirits – new and confined terrain – “Land Before Time” – lunch swim and nap in Wilma Lake – blue dragonflies on green rushes – pollen coating the water – SLO girls at the ford – could not out run the worst mosquitos ever – Dorothy Lake – mi. 997 

Blue dragonflies

 
26 June – mi. 997 – mosquitos still! – sleep in, sore and tired – hike with Key Lime again – mile 1002 – ridge line lunch and nap – Emigrant Pass – San Juan similarities – more volcanic terrain – eating snow, drinking snowmelt – Cardboard proposes, she says yes – Sonora Pass – The Owl – Sonora Pass Cafe trail magic – beautiful canyon – failed hitch – picnic camp – mile 1017

 

Putting the feet up on a bear can

 
27 June – mi. 1017 – Bridgeport resupply/rest day – Patriotism and tourists – breakfast at a bar with Susan and Stringer – new shirt – Zoolander, Frosty Bottoms, Penny Lane – sunset poetry – wine & fish – 2 person tent – camp – mi. 1021

 

The Owl’s Sonora Pass Cafe

 
28 June – mi 1017 – 1041 – great lazy morning – Cinnabon – part ways on the trail – Flying Eagle – overcast day with afternoon rain – lush veg. – wildflowers – lupine & mile ears – forest, neon moss – granite & volcanic – Zoolander fire camp

 

Wildflower season

 
29 June – mi 1041-1070 – energetic, fast morning – carnation instant coffee breakfast – more wildflowers, sagebrush and volcanic hoodoos – big scenery – the Dentist, Fancy Pants, Bucket, Tequila Jack – evening storm scare off a ridge – Lost Lakes camp

 

Volcanic rock and sagebrush

 
30 June – mi. 1070 – the beauty keeps coming – more and more wildflowers – day hikers, sign or civilization nearby – Carson Pass cookies and milk – lush forest, clean granite – 23 miles by 2 – South Lake Tahoe vacation madness – hiker lounge at Lake of the Sky Outfitters – hikers off trail – Mountain Mellow Mountain hostel – burrito & cereal – mi. 1093 

 

Views in all directions

 
1 July – South Lake Tahoe – rest day – Danger Muffin & Cat Lady – MacDuffs quinoa burger – do not need to buy anything in town – the trail provides – North to Quincy – bus, trolley, bus – jazz on a bus – Annie O. – Truckee 

Hiker in his unnatural environment, town