Day 40: Into the Sierra

10 May 2021 Kennedy Meadows to the shoulder of Olancha Peak PCT Mile 702.2 to 722.2 Today I hiked all day with Phoenix (formerly Josh), a section hiker who is an actor from Los Angeles. We were very compatible and we made plans to section hike the Sierra High Route together next year. Sweet! (Or,…

Day 39: Kennedy Meadows Meltdown

9 May 2021 Chimney Creek Camp to Kennedy Meadows PCT Mile 681.1 to 702.2 Today was dumb. One of the reasons I hiked so hard yesterday is that I had this image in my head of walking into the front gates at the Kennedy Meadows Store in the afternoon and all my friends would be…

Day 38: Twenty-Nine!

8 May 2021 Walker Pass to Chimney Creek Camp PCT Mile 652.1 to 681.1 Our trail angels arrived at the hotel early this morning, so we were on the road by 6am just as they promised. They talked about Onyx, where they own 20 acres they bought from family who live nearby. They have a…

Day 37: Zero in Kernville

7 May 2021 Zero Day in Kernville No PCT Miles hiked! I’m trying to get the hang of these zero days. I know I should be eating more to offset weight loss while on trail. Today I decided to start with a big breakfast, then snack all day in the room, then finish with a…

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…

Day 35: First Sighting of Whitney!

5 May 2021 Landers Meadow Spring to Bird Spring Pass PCT Mile 608.9 to 630.8 I was dreading today because it was supposed to be a hot waterless stretch back down through the desert, and the forecast called for temperatures in the 80s. But after briefly walking alone on a forest road to get back…

Day 34: A Hard Day

4 May 2021 Golden Oaks Spring to Landers Meadow Spring PCT Mile 583.3 to 608.9 I slept really well in my oak nook last night, so this morning I packed up quickly and hit the trail with a bounce. And I needed it! Today was a hot, windless 25 mile day with over 5,000 feet…

Day 33: Everything is New!

3 May 2021 Tehachapi Willow Road to Golden Oaks Spring PCT Mile 558.5 to 583.8 I was up late last night planning this next leg of the trip. My section hikes of the PCT ended up at Tehachapi Pass, so I will finally be getting to new trail. Yay! I got a ride back to…

Day 32: Zero in Tehachapi

2 May 2021 Zero Day in Tehachapi No PCT Miles Hiked! Wow! I just realized I didn’t take single picture today. No miles, no photos. Just rest! I got breakfast with Sunfox and Captain Steve at Henry’s Cafe (Cobb Salad!), resupplied at Walmart where I also bought a sawyer squeeze water filter to replace my…

Day 31: Back from the Brink

1 May 2021 Tylerhorse Canyon to Tehachapi Willow Springs RoadPCT Mile 541.5 to 558.5 Well, I got another 5 hours of sleep last night after fixing my tent collapse, waking up well after sunrise. Not my first choice, but my body clearly needed the extra sleep! There were two newcomers at the water source this morning. I…

Day 30: Mojave Magic

30 April 2021 LA Aqueduct North of Lake Hughes to Tylerhorse Canyon PCT Mile 485.8 to 541.5 What. A. Day. It reached well over 90 degrees in the desert today, with gusts up to 40 miles an hour. But in the pre-dawn hours it was in the 60s and calm. Sounds like the perfect time…

Day 29: Dirtbagging

29 April 2021 Bouquet Canyon Road to LA Aqueduct North of Lake Hughes PCT Mile 465.6 to 485.8 Wow. Today was maybe my most stressful day. I started out with a grand plan to get around the Lake Fire closure. Instead of doing one road walk to get to Hikertown, and then a second “official”…