Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Stretch 10: The bridges of Northern California

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Yeti’s Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017

25th July to 10th August: From Chester to Ashland

 

Day 80 – 9 miles from Mile 1329 to 1338

Rested up for most of the day at the church in Chester, after doing a re-supply in the morning. Posted out some clothes to try and drop more weight from my backpack.

Made it back to the trail head late in the afternoon and got about 9 miles of hiking done. Camped at the North Fork of Feather River.

Day 81 –29 miles from Mile 1338 to 1367

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Steam vents


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Lakes everywhere


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Mt Lassen

Camped at Hat Creek for the night with a dozen or so others. Went through Drakesbad Ranch briefly but kept going.

Day 82 – 27 miles from Mile 1367 to 1394

Made it the 13kms or so into Old Station to stop at JJ’s Café for breakfast and to check out the Subway Cave which was much bigger than I expected and turned out to be a nice little side trip.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Lava tube caves

Long, hot, dry sections today as the trail made its way along the rim of a cliff.

Mt Lassen view down Hat Creek Rim

Mt Lassen view down Hat Creek Rim


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Mt Shasta view down Hat Creek Rim

Grabbed some water at Lost Creek down a steep side trail. Grabbed more water at a cache that has just been installed this year. Camped 13 miles out of Burney Mountain Ranch after a long day to make it a quick walk in tomorrow.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Goodnight

Day 83 –13 miles from Mile 1394 to 1407

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Golden grass

Made it into Burney Mountain Ranch by about 10am. So nice to relax around a pool all day, playing table pool and even watching a movie. The ranch had a little store as well that had just enough to get me through the next section.

Day 84 –31 miles from Mile 1407 to 1438

Cruisy start to the day, as I headed to Burney Falls. It was mesmerising watching the water spill over the top as well as seep from part way down where the water travels underground before exiting.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Burney Falls


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Traffic bridge

Hot day but generally under the cover of trees, which was nice.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Mt Shasta

Finished up at Kosk Spring which was flowing nicely and had plenty of camping spots close by. Long day but went by pretty easily, making camp by 7pm.

Day 85 – 30 miles from Mile 1438 to 1468

Another cruisy day, relatively flat and easy trail. 30 miles done by 6:30pm.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Green tunnel

Camped at Ash Camp beside the McCloud River. I had a quick wash in the river, but the water was freezing snow-melt from Mt Shasta. Felt like being back in the sierra creeks again.

In a bit of a mini bubble of people hiking similar miles. The Cans [Madison and Jackpot] have dropped back a little, but I’ll probably see them tomorrow night if I camp just off the highway.

Day 86 – 26 miles from Mile 1468 to 1494

The Cans were up super early and caught me sleeping in. Since it was a short day, I wasn’t in a rush. I left camp at about 6:30am.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Bridge


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Bridges are awesome

We camped about 5 miles out from the highway to make it a quick walk down to find a lift into the town of Mt Shasta tomorrow.

Day 87 – 8 miles from Mile 1494 to 1502

Quick walk to the freeway. We spent about an hour trying to get a ride into Mt Shasta, which ended up being in two parts.

Awesome breakfast at Black Bears and caught up with Colten. Also briefly saw Shakedown and some others we have hiked with briefly.

Took a while to re-supply, get lunch etc and didn’t make it back to the trail until 4:20pm. Two miles of hiking to the 1,500 Mile mark.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

1500 miles

But the plan of hiking 10 to 15 miles quickly evaporated and I was so tired and falling asleep. I was probably a little dehydrated, so decided 3 miles was enough. Was out to sleep at 7pm.

Day 88 – 32 miles from Mile 1502 to 1534

Woke at 4am, feeling well-rested so got up and left at about 4:45am with the Cans. I seem to be strong uphill so powered up and had lunch at the top after 20 miles.

Easy afternoon without too many hills but it was very hot.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Mt Shasta is following me

Made camp at 6pm where I ran into Uncle Jessie, who I hadn’t seen since Bishop. He was spending a few days hiking with his dad and brother who have also come out on the trail at other times as well. Great to see the family support.

Day 89 – 32 miles from Mile 1534 to 1566

Lots of day walkers today including some offering grapes, which were awesome.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Views for days


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Trail family dinner


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Camp spot high on ridge

Day 90 – 31 miles from Mile 1566 to 1597

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Good morning!


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Burn zone


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Views a bit hazy from fires

Big day to make it into the town of Etna. Did a quick resupply, found some dinner then went to a park that was offering camping and showers.

Day 91 – 24 miles from Mile 1597 to 1621

Ran into Colten first thing in the morning as we were about to leave Etna. Got a lift with a local trail angel back to the trail.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Tree rotted out with branch cores left

After lunch, I ran into Fresh and had a quick swim in a beautiful lake.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Great spot for a lunch swim

Spent a little time in the afternoon at a spring in the middle of a beautiful meadow filled with wild flowers.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Wild flowers


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Wild flowers


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Hazy lake view

Day 92 –34 miles from Mile 1621 to 1655

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Wild flowers

Ran into a group of six or so for lunch. Walked and chatted with Square Pants down a big hill to Grider Creek. Had been a big day already so spent an hour or so at the river. The Cans were tired so decided to stay there, but Square Pants and I pushed on along the road to walk into Said Valley.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Attacked by tiny dogs

We even had a local throw us a beer part way along the road. Caught up with a gentleman who turns out had run in the Leadville 100 ultramarathon twice, both in impressive times. Also caught up with Colten who had been in town for a few hours already. Met Cracken and Two Passes who’d also run in the Leadville 100. We hiked a couple of mile out of town in the dark to find a camp site and get an early start in the morning.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Nice timing for sunset at bridge

Day 93 –34 miles from Mile 1655 to 1688

Up and away pushing up the big climb we’d been warned about. Good to do it early and quickly.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Nearly at top of huge climb

Kept pushing for the day to make it to the California-Oregon border as I had agreed with Colten. After a huge day yesterday with a long downhill my body was really struggling. Made it to a cabin half a mile before the border and met up with Colten.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Flowers in the sun

Had a Powerade that had been left there for hikers, then powered on to the border. Also met Tofu there. Lots of photos and excitement that quickly faded with exhaustion.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Finally made it to the border


Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Colten waiting for me

Day 94 –24 miles from Mile 1688 to 1713

I hadn’t planned on doing many miles today, so I slept in. Nice easy day but took a while to find a camp spot near the freeway. We eventually managed to find a nicely hidden spot.

Pacific Crest Trail PCT blog 2017 Chester to Ashland

Sneaky camp spot for the night

Day 95 – 2 miles from Mile 1713 to 1715

Quick couple of miles to the freeway where we were hoping to hitch a ride into Ashland. Two cars quickly pulled up. Turns out they had camped with some PCT hikers the night before about 10 miles south on the trail.

After having an awesome breakfast in Ashland, I got some chores done, replaced socks, bought a new gas canister, re-supplied for the next four days, plus organised and sent three boxes of re-supplies forward to towns further along the trail.

We also did some research about the bushfires that are ahead, including looking into options for detours around them. I still want to keep going with my continuous line of hiking from Mexico to Canada, so it looks like some long road walks ahead…

Day 96 – zero

Super lazy day of rest.

Maps

Where the bloody hell is he?
PCT map

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