Day 83: 24.6 Miles

June 12, 2018 882.2 to Horseshoe Lakes Trailhead at 903.3, then 3.5 miles to Horseshoe Lake We went over Silver Pass today with very little trouble. Other hikers said they planned to hike all the way to Horseshoe Lake Trailhead to catch the last shuttle to Mammoth Lakes, which would leave the trailhead parking areaContinue reading “Day 83: 24.6 Miles”

Day 81: Vermillion Valley Resort

June 10, 2018 866.5-878.7 So cold. So very, very cold. One our way down the mountain we were walking gingerly to avoid slipping on the ice-covered rocks and roots. At one point, I put my foot down on a large, steep rock and just as I was thinking, “This is probably slippery-” my foot flewContinue reading “Day 81: Vermillion Valley Resort”

Day 80: Entering the John Muir Wilderness

June 9, 2018 849.3-866.5 It was bitterly cold when we hiked out the next morning and almost immediately we came to the trail that leads to the alternate crossing of Evolution Creek. According to Guthooks, the crossing along the PCT was waist-deep to someone my height. That’s pretty stinking deep!  The alternate was much moreContinue reading “Day 80: Entering the John Muir Wilderness”

Day 79: Our First (and only) Bear Sighting!

June 8, 2018 835.8-849.3 The next morning when I climbed out of my tent to fetch my bear can, there was no moon and the sun hadn’t even started to rise yet. The sky was crystal clear and the air surprisingly warm for how high up we were, which meant that the snow going overContinue reading “Day 79: Our First (and only) Bear Sighting!”

Day 78: The Second Time I Owe Ghosthiker an Apology

June 7, 2018 824.7-835.8 If there was a good day to accidentally sleep in, this was it. I completely slept through my alarm twice and woke up just before 5:00am, but that was okay because we didn’t have any serious mountains to climb that day. Don’t be deceived into thinking that means a relatively flat,Continue reading “Day 78: The Second Time I Owe Ghosthiker an Apology”

Day 76: When I Nearly got Swept Away

June 5, 2018 802.7-813.8 Pinchot Pass wasn’t as steep or sketchy as Glenn or Forrester had been, but the trail was obscured by snow on both sides and even though we were hiking by 5:00am, it was unusually warm and we were postholing for several miles the whole way down the other side. Fortunately, theContinue reading “Day 76: When I Nearly got Swept Away”

Day 75: Glenn Pass to Rae Lakes

June 4, 2018 Bullfrog Lake Trail – 802.7 The next day was rough, to say the least. When I’d read about people who successfully hiked the entire PCT and had issues along the way, never once did they consider getting off trail of their own volition. It was always an illness or an injury orContinue reading “Day 75: Glenn Pass to Rae Lakes”

Day 74: It’s All Downhill From Here, Right?

June 3, 2018 Back over Kearsarge Pass to an Unnamed Campsite 1 mile from the PCT The next morning was a Sunday and there was a Calvary Chapel nearby, so I decided to go to church. I can’t say I was all that impressed with the sermon – it felt really rushed and a lotContinue reading “Day 74: It’s All Downhill From Here, Right?”

Day 73: A Zero Day All to Myself

June 2, 2018 00.0 Day 73 was another zero day, which really helped me recharge after the stress of climbing Mt. Whitney and Forrester Pass, and to prepare myself for an 8-10 day trek before the next town stop. Sparky and Ghosthiker were planning to go to Vermillion Valley Resort, but I was not. I’dContinue reading “Day 73: A Zero Day All to Myself”

Day 72: The Hostel California

June 1, 2018 787-Bullfrog Lake Trail at 788.5, then 7.4 miles over Kearsarge Pass It was Day 72 and we were getting off trail via Kearsarge Pass. During the first part of the morning, we hiked among the trees, then the trail opened up again as we started climbing up toward the pass. I wasContinue reading “Day 72: The Hostel California”