Day 89 - 6/26/18 (flip SOBO from Ashland, OR to Lone Pine, CA)
July 9, 2018
Mile 1393.5 to 1369.7 for 23.89 miles. Elevation gain of 1724 and loss of 1474. Also half mile off trail to get a great lunch in Old Station at JJ’s. Total PCT miles 1095.05. Hiking by 7:15 after filtering water from the cache and into camp at 6:30. Camped at the Hat Creek tent sites at an elevation of 4908.5. The trail along Hat Creek Rim was gorgeous but we had to keep looking at our feet so we would not trip over rocks. About 6 miles in we came to trail magic and enjoyed Shasta colas, apples, oranges and candy. Much of the day was through clear cuts. Met “Wifey” and reacquainted with “Loner” who we had not seen since Casa De Luna where he was volunteering. Hat Creek was great and were able to rinse off and soak tired feet. We observed that we have seen 3 dead animals on the trail in the past 24 hours. A mouse and 2 lizards. Our miles today means we have shaved a day off off getting to Drakesbad.