These posts are created by our sponsored PCT-hikers, and contain their stories and adventures, straight from the trail.
Sightseeing with a strict regimen
Our next section started with a tough hitch out of South Lake, a quick stop for a milkshake and then we were into the beautiful Desolation wilderness. We were a little apprehensive before entering Desolation wilderness because we had been warned that there is a slight mosquito problem. As we left Echo Lake we started seeing why – Desolation wilderness is just a patchwork of lakes and islands like a Scandinavian archipelago, and for one of the few times I was happy that the wind was blowing, it was keeping away those damn bugs. This section of the trail followed the Tahoe Rim Trail and often gave us beautiful views of the lake as it climbed up the back of ski resorts like Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley. After making a 33 mile day we we were able to sleep at a nice camp site under a ski lift at Squaw Valley. The next day we decided we would make it to Donner Pass for lunch and the closer we got to the pass we realized today was the first Saturday of summer and everyone had the same idea, go for a hike. Through all the short conversations with day hikers one couple offered a place to stay, but we were still thinking of doing more miles on the day. After making it to the pass we started talking and changed our mind. Yeah, we could use a shower and bed. After this change of heart we decided to looked for a meal and then waited at the trail to see if we could catch the couple from before. They looked quite shocked to see the same hikers at the bottom that they saw up top and even more shocked that we remembered their offer. This couple had never hosted a hiker and made it a memorable experience. Lori and Ross cooked us lamb dinner, with homemade bread for breakfast, along with some very interesting stories.
The next day of the trail started with some rain and wind and it was time to test our rain gear. Turns out Dash’s poncho didn’t hold up in the wind and my tarp set up can’t keep two people dry. The next day was a wet cold morning and a wet 17 mile push into Sierra City where we were treated to rib dinner, beer and a dryer. We have learned that we can do some larger mile days but that we will be opportunistic and take a good break when we can. Life is great and we are getting closer and closer to Oregon!