Mile 1395 to Burney Falls State Park, 22 miles
Cost: camped, $5
KC and I both slept in until 7 then lazed about and finally left at 8:30am. It was another scorching hot day but with my first views of Mt Shasta.
The trail was flat but quite uneven and rocky which for me means I’m watching every single step. I flip-flopped with Treeman, Hedgehog and KC for most of the morning.
My goal was to get to Burney as quick as possible and I was 14 miles away. I got to the highway around 1pm and had been warned that it can be a hard hitch… It took 12 minutes to be picked up by a local called Steve and he took me all the way to the Safeway car park, thank you Steve! I bought 6 days of food to post ahead to Castella and a few snacks for the next 4 days. I then walked to the post office, boxed up my 6 days of food, posted it and picked up 3 parcels (a resupply box, chocolate almonds from Howard & my new ankle brace). I asked the lady at the PO where she recommended to eat, she said the pizza place and offered to give me a lift there as she was just about to close the PO and I gratefully accepted, thank you Melanie! I had all you can eat pizza, salad bar and root beer 🙂
I left the pizza place which was next to the petrol station and as soon as I stuck my thumb out to try and hitch I heard someone call out to me from the petrol station. It was a lovely man called Alejandro who was heading my direction and offered to give me a lift, what a great town!
1 mile after the highway I came to this most incredible form of trail magic. I was so full that I just looked around, had a game of darts and kept moving, but it was an awesome surprise out in the middle of nowhere!
It was 8 miles to Burney Falls State Park (which was not fun after eating 7 slices of pizza!) and on the way I passed this very angry rattlesnake:
I bushwhacked to get around it without getting too close and the whole time he didn’t stop rattling. When I got back on the trail a few metres ahead of it he raised himself up which was a little cobra-esque and a tad bit scary!
I got lost at the Burney falls sign, not realising that I needed to walk past the falls in order to get to the campground and eventually got there just after 9pm in the dark. It was a great campground and I was camped with Dundee, Treeman, Hedgehog, Recon, Teflon, KC & Nomad. Thanks KC & Recon for the beers on arrival 🙂