Start: Hat Creek Rim
End: tentsite at mile 1418
Miles covered: 28
PCT mile marker: 1418/2652
Highlight: Nighthawks diving for insects at sunrise. I don’t think I had ever observed one before; they are fascinating. When they first turn out of a dive, their wings make a noise that at first sounds like it is coming from a man-made device. I heard the sound a few times before I could determine the source.
Biggest challenge: 100-degree heat near Burney. Thankfully, Burney Mountain Guest Ranch was well situated for an afternoon break, including ice cream, soda, a shower, and a swim in the pool.