PCT Day 5, Mason Valley fire tank (mile 62) to Stagecoach Trails RV resort

Day 5
Mason Valley fire tank (mile 62) to Stagecoach Trails RV resort,15 miles
Cost: $8

Today in a nutshell: Fell asleep to cayotes howling, woke up to a spectacular sunrise, dropped massively in elevation, passed lots of different types of cactus and flowers, scorching heat, views out of a cowboy western film (or a scene in Top Gun where Maverick & Goose chase Jester? below the flight deck), got so hot that I thought every stick on the trail was a snake, arrived at Scissors Crossing feeling parched and there was a trail angel waiting with an icebox full of cold sports drinks and ice! This same wonderful trail angel drove all 4 of us 3 miles down the road to the RV park, a very kind man in the RV park called Ken insisted on buying Alex and I a double scoop icecream (we weren’t going to argue!), we settled in at the RV park (definitely a set from a wild western!), did laundry, showered for the first time in 5 days (but my hands are still black from the dirt), bought a sandwich from the on-site store for dinner and relaxed as the sun went down.


Look in the middle, left – anyone know what it is?


Animal in middle of pic


Winding trail


A Trail Angel, thank you!


At the Stagecoach Trails RV resort

At the Stagecoach Trails RV resort


At the Stagecoach Trails RV resort


At the Stagecoach Trails RV resort


A sandwich and root beer for dinner at the RV park


I have some pretty nasty blisters so I’m airing my feet tonight and it’s the first night that’s been warm enough to keep them outside my sleeping bag (now that we’ve dropped so far in elevation). It’s impossible to keep my feet clean with all the sand and dirt (even with two pairs of socks on), but I’m going to have to do my best to make sure they don’t get any worse.

Tomorrow we start a 32 mile stretch with no water so we are being dropped back off at the trail at 6:30am and I’ll be carrying 6 litres of water. The strategy is to walk in the morning until it gets unbearably hot (around 11am), then find some shade or my umbrella to wait out the heat for a few hours then continue walking when it gets cooler. There is apparently a cache after 14 miles (mile 91) and although we never want to (or should) rely on caches, we think this one is well maintained… If not there may be another water source nearby the cache but we’ve read that it recently had dead mice in it so I’d rather not rely on that one!


11 responses to “PCT Day 5, Mason Valley fire tank (mile 62) to Stagecoach Trails RV resort

  1. Your pictures are spectacular. I am amazed that the double socks AND dirty girls don’ keep the dirt out — I suppose it must just sift through your shoes. Yuck. Take care. You continue in my prayers! Ultreia!


  2. Ugh — I would have thought that Dirty Girls and double socks would keep out the dust. Just goes to show how fine it is! Your pics are great. Hang in and prayers for healed feet! Ultreia.

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  3. As a very proud aunts – do t like the idea of you and dirty girls!!!! But I guess they are serving the purpose. You are a princess still!!!

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  4. I’m thinking that’s a gopher! Do you have any blister bandaids? As a 58 year old hiker who likes to go solo I am watching your journey with much interest. I’m doing Hadrian’s Wall in September 🙂

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  5. Great that the trail angels are out along the trail. It all seems really well organised. That little chappy in the pic is definitely a gopher! The cactus flowers look magnificent. I guess the lower the elevation the hotter the temps. I’m guessing the ice & snow survival training will come in sometime!

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