Day 36: Double Sixes

6 May 2021
Bird Spring Pass to Walker Pass
PCT Mile 630.8 to 652.1

Today was pretty straightforward. A big climb up from the desert in the morning, a nice walk through the forest, a sucky treeless road walk through a burn zone in the heat of the day, then back in the forest and a big descent to the desert.

Trail angel Jim set his alarm for 5am to make sure we had fuel for the big climb.

Pancakes before sunrise? Yes please!
Sugarfoot thanks Trail Angels Jim and Sixes

Then it was up into the Kiavah Wilderness. Button and I had a big free-flowing discussion about politics and economics on the way up, and before I knew it we were at the top.

Into the Wild!
Gorgeous sunrise
Looking back from the top of the climb
Looking north towards the Sierra
Trees are good!

I hiked by myself for a while and even did a little cross-country to explore the woods a bit. And then, in the heat of the day, the trail turns onto a dusty road through a shadeless burn zone.

Yuck!

I caught up with Button and Lone Wolf at the end of the burn zone where we found some shade for lunch.

Button
Lone Wolf
My lunch pack explosion

We started making a plan for the Sierra. I have to go to Lone Pine to get my bear can, spikes, and ice axe, so I will be pushing ahead while others take a zero day in Kennedy Meadows.

But then after lunch when I set out by myself again, I did the math and realized I would need to do a double zero in Lone Pine to align my schedule with theirs. So instead I decided to take one zero in Kernville and then one later in Lone Pine.

Once I realized I was going to town, I started hiking faster downhill. I had to remind myself to enjoy this afternoon’s hike, which was very pretty.

Owens Peak
Too easy to go fast here
California flannelbush
Back down to the desert
Arrowleaf balsamroot – a Sierra flower!
So pretty
Final approach to Walker Pass

So here’s the thing. I want to go to Kernville today, but the bus doesn’t run on Thursdays. I thought I would have to hitch, but then guess who I found at Walker Pass?

Trail angel “Sixes” again!

Sixes had transported the packs for some hikers from Bird Spring Pass to Walker Pass so they could “slackpack.” One hiker was already there, but we were still waiting on another when this happened:

Burger!
Milkshake!

I could get used to this! Thanks so much Sixes!

Soon Lone Wolf showed up, and he also got the royal treatment.

Nom-nom-nom

And even better — Sixes was on his way through Kernville to take the other hikers to a hot spring. So Lone Wolf and I got a ride with them all the way to our hotel.

Our sweet ride to town

Maybe I will learn how to hitch some time!

The Kernville Inn was booked but they helped us get rooms at Piazza’s Pine Cone Inn. Then shower, laundry, and a trip to the famous Kern River Brewery for a beer flight and a buffalo chicken salad.

A flight? Why yes, thank you!

The only issue now is how to get back to Walker Pass after our zero day tomorrow. Maybe we *will* learn how to hitch!

Today’s Hike-U:

Town Day
My feet always fly
Alas, past all the beauty
When racing to town

11 Comments Add yours

  1. markbatz says:

    Could you not send your resupply/gear to Kennedy Meadows?

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    1. JimmyJam says:

      I didn’t want to carry them the extra 50 miles! Plus my food carry will be lighter.

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  2. In addition to enjoying the views, the flora and fauna, and haikus, I’m really enjoying all the stories of the people you’re meeting along the way and the generosity you’re encountering. It’s all really refreshing!

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    1. JimmyJam says:

      Yes there are some lovely people out here. 🙂

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  3. 100peaks says:

    I am vicariously really enjoying your journey. I am not sure if I could ever be apart from my wife for that long. Maybe I can spread a little apre-thru-hike trail magic. When you’re done with your adventure and back in SD, please let me treat you at my restaurant (Burger Bench in Escondido). I mean, it’s clear that burgers and beer after hiking is one of the best things in life. Cheers!

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    1. JimmyJam says:

      I would love that!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. BarnFinder says:

    Loving the blogs and pictures and excited that you’re finally on some new trail (for you). And what terrific trail angels – saving you from all that cold soaked ramen

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    1. JimmyJam says:

      Not sick of it yet, but I do very much appreciate the alternatives! 😛

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  5. Susie Flores says:

    You are so close to 700. The pics are amazing.

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    1. JimmyJam says:

      I’m now at 702! :). Update soon….

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      1. Goose says:

        Incredible! Ahead of schedule and under budget!!!!

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