Sunday, July 3, 2022
Start: campsite near Siskiyou Gap
End: Kangaroo Spring
Elevation gain/loss: 6631/6926
I was up at 4:30am, took my time, and was still on trail by 5:10am. At the first water source of the day, I met NOBO flip floppers Hot Sauce and Gracie. We chatted for a minute and then they pushed on. Soon after, I met a SOBO LASHer heading Ashland to KMS, finishing up his thruhike from last year, trail name Navigator. He and I leapfrogged a few times in the first half of the day before I outpaced him. Later in the day, I met a SOBO LASHer, out to hike from the CA/OR border down to Truckee, trail name Gravy.
I walked through some burn areas, and the second half of the day was cloudy and then misting and light rain. I pushed for a long time today, and didn’t often check my mileage. I decided to push a little further many times, often finding suboptimal campsites that I decided to pass on. So I somehow accidently did the highest miles I’ve ever done in one day on the PCT, through some burn areas with overgrown trails and angled trailbeds, so it wasn’t easy walking either. I’ve managed to get myself back on schedule very quickly!
Tomorrow, I’ll be walking through Seid Valley on the trail as it takes a long roadwalk to go around the Klamath River. I’ll be doing laundry, showering, and resupplying before moving on through.