Start: tentsite at 1254
End: Clear Creek
Miles covered: 23
PCT mile marker: 1277/2652
Highlight: Reaching the top of the morning climb, with fantastic views over the town of Quincy.
Biggest challenge: The rattlesnakes are back! Some of these Northern California segments have been hotter than most of the desert section in May. When I went toward a large rock to sit and take a break, I noticed a rattlesnake curled up just next to it. I jumped back at the last minute, and I think the snake was just as startled as I was. And no, I did not follow it around the rock to try for a photo, like *some* people I know.