Day 112 - 7/19/18 (flip SOBO from Ashland, OR to Lone Pine, CA).
July 26, 2018
Mile 1016.93 to 998.96 for 17.98 miles with an elevation gain of 2825 and loss of 3438. Total PCT miles 1462.21. Also had an additional one mile walk to highway 108 so we could hitch a ride to the trail. Hiking at 8:36 and into camp at 6:10 next to Cascade Creek (elevation 9033 ft). After breakfast in the cafe we walked to highway 108 and got a ride within 20 minutes. The info we had said trail was dry for 10 miles so we each carried 2 liters water. In fact there was water during the first three miles. The trail started with a stiff uphill then transitioned to traversing an open, shadeless talus slope. The skies were fairly clear in the morning which was different than The smokey skies of yesterday. We had a nice breeze to help with the heat of the barren slopes. Our high point today was 10,800 ft. When we got below 10,000 ft the trail transitioned to timber interspersed with granite slabs. At 3pm it started thundering and the winds had shifted so we were unable to tell if we were seeing smoke or rain clouds. We did not smell rain, only smoke so kept going. It felt like we were playing Russian roulette with the weather as we knew rain was forecast for the next few days. Fortunately it stayed dry today. We are pleased to have passed the NOBO 1,000 mile marker which means only 255 miles left to hike before we go back to Ashland and resume hiking north. I am pleased to have been able to get my bear bin inside my pack today.