Mile 2501.9 to 2520.7 for 18.8 miles with an elevation increase of 5538 and decrease of 6018. This was Jerry’s birthday. He celebrated with cinnamon rice for breakfast, getting his choice of freeze dried dinners and making it over Fire Creek Pass which he had been fretting about since we began hiking the PCT. During the night we had a mouse crawling over the body of our tent under the rain fly. This was very unsettling! We left camp at 7:50 and arrived at Mica Lake (elevation of 5460) at 6:00. Another day of spectacular views. Some of the views today were of Glacier Peak, Sloan, Rainier, Dome, Sinister, Agnes, El Dorado, Spire Point and Whitechuck to name a few. It froze last night and was very cold in the morning. Trail quality was very poor at times; particularly between the Whitechuck and Kennedy Creeks where there was poor trail drainage, lots of logs and overgrown bushes. One section was in a deep, dark, moist forest with many varieties of mushrooms. Definitely impassable for horses. Huckleberries were especially tasty. Once again we were camping by a bunch of other hikers. They were very noisy and one hiker announced that if you wanted sleep then put in ear plugs. There are so many hikers on the trail it is stressing me out. I do not understand why so many nights after dark other hikers come up and are shining their headlights on your tent. I definitely crave quiet and solitude. Mica Lake was crystal clear and turquoise in color.