June 26 (Day 56)

Squaw Lake to Red’s Meadow and the town of Mammoth Lakes (886.5 to 906.6) Daily miles: 20.1 No pass today, just a 1500 foot elevation gain day.  Easy.  Town vision, food vision, walking fast and thinking about what I’m going to eat (I’m making pasta at the hostel) and downing a box of cookies.  Mammoth … More June 26 (Day 56)

June 25 (Day 55)

Marie Lake to Squaw Lake (866.5 to 886.5) Daily miles: 20 The pass today is Silver: harder than Selden but easier than most.  So many stream crossings today, including Bear Creek, which is a beast.  My feet are soaked (common theme for the past week actually), chilled and hurting.  Another evening pass, more glissading through … More June 25 (Day 55)

June 24 (Day 54)

CS846 to Marie Lake (846 to 866.5) Daily miles: 20.5 Walk through flooded Evolution Valley, mosquitos want my blood.  Trying to take care of my body, which is hungry and tired and bleeding from where I postholed through the snow and mashed my shin against a boulder (it’s fine, promise).  Ford the formidable Evolution Creek … More June 24 (Day 54)

June 23 (Day 53)

Grouse Meadow to CS846 (828.3 to 846) Daily miles: 17.7 Today is up and over Muir Pass, which turned out to be the snowiest of them all, but my favorite.  Go figure, because the last time I hiked through the Sierra Muir Pass was my least favorite.  Near the top of the pass I was … More June 23 (Day 53)

June 22 (Day 52)

Lake Marjorie to Grouse Meadow (808.6 to 828.3) Daily miles: 19.7 So the Sierra took all my energy and time and words, so I’m just going to post pictures for the rest of this section.  I spend my days walking endessly, taking only a few breaks and crossing snow and mountains, and I’m tired.  In … More June 22 (Day 52)

June 21 (Day 51)

Rae Lakes to Lake Marjorie (793.5 to 808.6) Daily miles: 15.1 The mornings in the Sierra are cold and I don’t want to move until the sun hits my tent.  Too bad that on this morning a big mountain range blocks the rays and I’m forced to get up and moving still in the mountain … More June 21 (Day 51)

June 20 (Day 50)

Independence to Rae Lakes (788.5 to 793.5 + 7.2 miles back to PCT from Independence) Daily miles: 12.2 This morning I woke and felt weary.  For the first time on this hike I really just wanted to lay in bed and not move.  I walked to the bathroom and looked at myself in the mirror.  … More June 20 (Day 50)

June 19 (Day 49)

CS 786.1 to Independence (786.1 to 788.5 + 7.2 miles over Kearsarge Pass to Onion Valley TH via Bullfrog Lake Junction) Daily miles: 9.6 Resupply day and I’m off early to get to the town of Independence.  It’s a complicated route that involves walking over 7 miles and covering an off-PCT pass called Kearsarge, then … More June 19 (Day 49)

June 18 (Day 48)

Crabtree Meadows Ranger Station CG to CS 786.1 (766.3 to 786.1 + .6 miles back to PCT) Daily miles: 20.4 Anxiety overtakes me at 3 in the morning.  I keep thinking about Forester Pass, which I climb up and over today.  It’s the highest point officially on the PCT, and the first high mountain pass … More June 18 (Day 48)