Day 84 – 21 mi – PCT mile 1721

Start: tentsite at 1702 End: tentsite at mile 1721 Miles covered: 19 miles (+2 in town) PCT mile marker: 1721/2652 Highlight: Taking advantage of the amenities at Callahan's Lodge--lunch, dinner, beer, laundry, shower, wifi, etc. This is a traditional hiker hangout at the road that leads into Ashland. Many hikers get a ride into Ashland … Continue reading Day 84 – 21 mi – PCT mile 1721

Day 81 – 20 mi – PCT mile 1658

Start: tentsite at 1638 End: tentsite at mile 1658 Miles covered: 20 PCT mile marker: 1658/2652 Highlight: A blackberry milkshake at the Seiad Valley Cafe. (Honorable mention: Hand-picked blackberries, fresh from the trail. If you think my hands are dirty, you ain't seen nothin.) Biggest challenge: The four-mile road walk into Seiad Valley. We tried … Continue reading Day 81 – 20 mi – PCT mile 1658

Day 80 – 23 mi – PCT mile 1638

Start: tentsite at 1615 End: tentsite at mile 1638 Miles covered: 23 PCT mile marker: 1638/2652 Highlight: More hillside flowers. (Honorable mention: My healthiest trail meal so far--tuna, avocado, and spinach on a tortilla.) Biggest challenge: Increasingly smoky air. The smoke comes and goes, depending on wind patterns and elevation, but most of the time … Continue reading Day 80 – 23 mi – PCT mile 1638

Day 76 – 21 mi – PCT mile 1581

Start: Scott Mountain Campground End: tentsite at mile 1581 Miles covered: 21 PCT mile marker: 1581/2652 Highlight: Seeing so many badass trail crews from the Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps. (Honorable mention: Cold lemonade courtesy of Mike from Ashland. He hiked up from his cabin and passed out refreshments to hikers, just because.) Biggest challenge: It … Continue reading Day 76 – 21 mi – PCT mile 1581