Thursday, July 14, 2022
Start: Old Station
End: North Fork Feather River Bridge
Elevation gain/loss: 4596’/3963′
I was up at 5:15, and out by 5:45am. I did 8 miles by 8am, though I let myself take more breaks and relax a little as the day got hotter. I even stopped for a 30-minute swim and lunch break at Lower Twin Lake, my first swim of the trip. It’s something I struggle with, but I was very pleased with my decision. Lowering my core body temperature made the next few hours of mid-day hiking much more pleasant. The burn section was hot, but the trees still provided some shade and it was beautiful countryside regardless.
I met Easy by Boundary Spring towards the end of my day; he was very friendly and thoughtful. We chatted for a bit and as I was about to leave, he gave me a beer for later, which I enjoyed with beef jerky and baked cheese as part of my dinner.
I arrived at the North Fork Feather River Bridge by 8:15pm. I met Captain Jack and compared notes on the upcoming sections of trail. After filtering water, I went to find a campsite. But I had trouble finding a spot to camp for the night – 8+ tents were set up in a site with ~3 spots on the south side of the river with no other flat ground available. I ended up on the north side of the river, cowboy camping on a very small plot of flat ground – at least it was very quiet, with the river making lots of white noise. The mosquitoes aren’t bad, though there are some ants. We shall see how the evening unfolds.