Mile 2163 to 2190, 27 miles
Cost: Camped, free
Today was a big day with lots of climbing!
Zigzag left very quietly at dawn and KC, Ladiesman and I left together at a very relaxed 7:40am!
We ran into Bushtit & Tomtit soon after setting off and all walked together for the morning.
We bumped into Smokey on a forest road with his lovely Trail Angel wife Karen. They offered us snacks and soft drinks and told us they would be further down the trail today with more magic 🙂
Then dropped 2200 feet over 10 miles…
Then we caught up with Zigzag and around 2pm we met Smokey and Karen near the Panther Creek campground and had a delicious lunch of cheese, crackers, strawberries, chips, beer and soft drink. We were there with Wally, Snow White, Bushtit & Tomtit. Thanks so much Smokey & Karen!!
After lunch we started the last 9 mile climb which seemed to gain most of its elevation in the first 2 miles – it was so steep!
We made it to the campsite around 8:30pm so we were only walking in the dark for half an hour tonight – we’re getting better! It was a large campsite but there were already 4 or 5 tents set up when we arrived. We could see lights down behind the tents and went down to see if that was where the spring was. It was and Snow White, Wally, the Tits and a section hiker called Peaches were setting up camp there. The space was full so we filled up with water and headed back to the other side of the trail where we’d seen some flat ground. We noticed there was a bear canister next to the camp spot we were going to set up in but it was only once I’d gotten out my tent that I saw someone had also hung their food bag above the camp site, meaning my tent would be under their food bag… Not so ideal! (And a little rude I thought to put all your food next to a campsite not knowing if others will be coming along!)
We bushwhacked a little further and found 2 more semi-flat spots to set up camp. It was only a 27 mile day but it feels like 50!