a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 826.3 to 843.3. Palisade Creek Camp to Evolution Lake Camp
Muir Pass Day! This pass is known to be the hardest one and the first 12 miles of the day will be a steady uphill climb. But we look forward to reaching the top and have a good rest at the Muir shelter there.
We still have to finish the descent from Mather Pass, but then quickly reach the bottom and start to climb again. We overtake a lot of day/section/JMT hikers right in the start, but then take an extended breakfast break next to a raging river and end up seeing all the other hikers again. The first part of the climb isn't too bad, and actually so beautiful. We even see a deer grazing right next to us, it isn't bothered by us at all. Then the trail gains more elevation, becoming steeper. Here are the other hikers again, who we quickly pass one by one. In direct comparison with other people we always realize that in fact we have become quite the fast hikers. Yay! But then, another creek crossing. It sure looks easy enough, there are a few rocks, and the creek is maybe 3 meters wide. I step on the first rock and the next thing I know I am lying in the creek, completely wet. Luckily I didn't hurt myself very badly, just got a lovely bruise on my upper leg. But I still need to dry because my shoes are soaking wet. We find a spot in the sun and dry my stuff, and myself. Of course everyone else now passes us again. :-) After 30 minutes we continue hiking, soon passing everyone else - again. We think we are getting closer but when chatting to southbound hikers we find out it's gonna be a while until we will reach the top. So we pick up our pace and up up up we go. We pass beautiful glacier lakes in shades of green and blue, surrounded by white snow fields. The terrain is quite rocky and we only need to cross a few snow patches. About 15 minutes before we reach the top Dario's gets nature's call and goes off to find a place to dig a hole while I wait. This guy! He always feels the need to find a suitable place about 10 minutes away from the trail!
After what feels like an eternity we finally reach the top. Muir Pass - they didn't exagerate - it was tough but is so pretty up here! We take a few pictures, chdck out the hut, eat some snacks and then start heading down. This descent surprises us with the most amazing scenery. All these lakes, green meadows, creeks and pointy mountains, it's so serene! I can't help it, I need to stop for picture every couple minutes! Then Evolution Creek followed by Evolution Lake. Evolution Creek is so wide, and there are rocks there to cross it safely. We are tired by now and decide to set up camp at Evolution Lake. We find a lovely spot to pitch our tent, then jump into the lake to clean ourselves and then prepare dinner. Tomorrow we will reach the Muir Trail Ranch, a little piece of civilization! Since we are running a little short on food we are hoping to do a little resupply there, with food that JMT hikers have left behind.