Day 109 - 7/16/18 (flip SOBO from Ashland, OR to Lone Pine, CA).
July 18, 2018
Mile 1053.21 to 1030.75 for 22.46 miles with an elevation increase of 4492 and decrease of 4392. Total PCT miles 1430.41. Hiking at 6:30 and into camp at 6:45. Camp by Boulder Creek, elevation 8665.8. We woke to smokey skies, after a very warm night. When we only saw one NOBO hiker in the first few hours we were concerned that the trail south of us might be closed. There was no information at Ebbets Pass (Hwy 4) so we continued on. Information from NOBO hikers was all over the map from “nothing to worry about” to “Tuolumne is on fire”. I chatted with 3 locals out for a scramble up Trion Peak who said a big fire was burning in Mariposa and likely impacting Yosemite. We met “Playdoh” who is section hiking with her nephew. She recognized us from our blog on the PCTA website. We had three great breaks where we soaked our feet. Soaking my feet in cool water is the best treat during our long days. The trail was in great condition and we had an abundance of wildflowers, meadows, big timber and interesting rock formations. My knee was better today. However, I am taking prescription anti-inflammatory meds and using Biofreeze. Hard for me to wrap my mind around how hot it is at elevation in CA. At 9pm I was sweating bullets in the tent with both vestibules wide open. Good sleep is really important with our daily exertion.