Start: Sherald Lake End: tentsite at mile 1078 Miles covered: 30 PCT mile marker: 1078/2652 Highlight: Early morning meadows Biggest challenge: Climbing in the afternoon heat with the low energy that comes with repeated high-mileage days.
Start: tentsite at mile 1018 (pictured above) End: campsite near Sherald Lake (I cowboy-camped that night, because the ground was too rocky for stakes.) Miles covered: 30 PCT mile marker: 1048/2652 Highlight: Trail magic at Ebbetts Pass from Limit Situation. I was the last one in, and they were almost out of everything, but another … Continue reading Day 52 – 30 mi – PCT mile 1048
Start: tentsite at mile 992 End: tentsite at mile 1018 Miles covered: 26 PCT mile marker: 1018/2652 Highlight: Dorothy Pass Lake and high- altitude evening views. (Honorable mention: Passing the 1000-mile mark!) Biggest challenge: My ankle was still a little sore, and horse tracks in the snow made them difficult to traverse without sinking deep … Continue reading Day 51 – 26 mi – PCT mile 1018
Start: tentsite at mile 970 End: tentsite at mile 992 Miles covered: 22 PCT mile marker: 992/2652 Highlight: As I proceed north from the high Sierra, the ground is getting softer, which feels very nice under tired feet. Biggest challenge: I was trying to increase my daily mileage to facilitate getting to Reno to meet … Continue reading Day 50 – 22 mi – PCT mile 992
Start: tentsite at mile 948 End: tentsite at mile 970 Miles covered: 22 PCT mile marker: 970/2652 Highlight: Swimming at Miller Lake. (Honorable mention: Early morning frost in the Yosemite meadow.) Biggest challenge: Long climbs while carrying seven days of food.
Start: tentsite at mile 923 End: tentsite at mile 948 Miles covered: 25 (+1 in Tuolumne) PCT mile marker: 948/2652 Highlight: Sunrise views of Thousand Islands Lake. (Honorable mention: Three ice cream bars at Tuolumne Meadows. *grin*) Biggest challenge: Those durn mosquitoes. Again.
Start: Mammoth Lakes End: tentsite above Thousand Islands Lake Miles covered: 17 PCT mile marker: 923/2652 Highlight: Garnet Lake and Thousand Islands Lake. (Honorable mention: Rock formations at Devil's Postpile.) Biggest challenge: Smoke in the morning; mosquitoes in the evening.
Start: tentsite at mile 888 End: Mammoth Lakes via Red's Meadow Miles covered: 18 PCT mile marker: 906/2652 Biggest challenge: Although the day started with relatively clear air, the last 10 miles included increasing smoke and ash from a fire near Red's Meadow. Highlight: It wasn't the best day on the trail (still better than … Continue reading Day 46 – 18 mi – PCT mile 906
Start: Vermillion Valley Resort End: tentsite at mile 888 Miles covered: 10 (+1.5 from the ferry back to the PCT) PCT mile marker: 888/2652 Highlight: Swimming near Silver Pass Lake. (Honorable mention: Paint Your Wagon made another appearance, this time driving the ferry and whistling, "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby.") Biggest challenge: Evil, … Continue reading Day 45 – 11 mi – PCT mile 888
Start: tentsite at mile 870 End: Vermillion Valley Resort (VVR) Miles covered: 8.5 on the PCT, +1.5 to the VVR ferry dock PCT mile marker: 878/2652 Highlight: Food! After 10 days carrying a heavy load over high passes, rocks, and snow, I was ready for some serious chow. I ordered the biggest breakfast they had … Continue reading Day 44 – 10 mi – PCT mile 878