a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 808.6 to 826.3. Lake Marjorie Camp to Palisade Creek Camp.
We start at approx 7am and realize, we are not the last ones to leave. In fact everyone is just about to crawl out of their tents.
Today is another pass on the schedule, Mather pass.
At first it is 2 miles down where we have breakfast. After that the climbing starts again. After about 4 exhaustive hours we stand in front of another very steep rocky wall. Slowly we start climbing and soon reach the pass. On the other side another beautiful valley spreads out with lakes, rivers and trees.
For lunch we stop at Palisade Lake, take a quick bath in the ice cold water, wash our dirty clothes and dry our moist tent and try to survive the numerous mosquito attacks.
From Palisade Lake it is a steep downhill path along a very rocky wall. It takes us more than two hours and our knees start hurting a bit. We keep meeting hikers hiking south and feel sympathetic with them as they have such a steep uphill climb ahead of them and they all keep asking whether they are soon at the top. We encourage them by lying to them. :-)
Down in the valley we follow the Palisade River coming from the lake where we had lunch, for another hour and set up camp next to it. Tomorrow the next pass is already on our schedule, the famous Muir Pass. It will be about a 20 mile climb and is supposedly one of the hardest passes on the whole PCT!