a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 1090.0 to 1098.5. Echo Summit Trailhead to Lake Aloha Camp
Today we are finally going to be back on trail after all the troubles of getting here…
But first we have breakfast at our campsite and then try to figure out where I can get a replacement for my broken air mattress.
I am not sure if we mentioned it before but since the middle of the Sierras some of the air units broke or more kind of melted together causing a major bump right in the upper section of the mattress. Since then it got worse and worse - by now about 15 units have broken and the bump is just so big now that I have to change sleeping directions on the mattress.
So when we were in Mammoth, I called the Thermarest guys about that and they told me that they are going to send me one for free to Tuolumne. Fine ,I thought - it should easily arrive until we are back from Europe and since we are going back exactly to the same place we left the trail - Tuolumne - that will work out perfectly.
Well, since the road was closed to Yosemite it didn’t work out at all and we had to skip this section entirely. Also the post office told me that they never got any packages for me...
So now I call Thermarest again and they agree that I can get one for free at a local outfitters.
After making a several calls we finally find one that has the same mattresses (but a size smaller than mine) on stock.
After finally picking up that mattress we drop off the car and get an Uber from town center to the road leading to the trail. Here we try to hitch again and I do the “Rad dance”, the dance that Rad from Kenya showed me. And what happens is, that the second car stops. Wow, that dance really is working!
After a 10 minute ride we reach the trail. Finally! What an insanely long trip this was to get back here - but hey, here we are!
From Echo Summit where we start now it is only two miles to Echo Lake, a resort with a small store next to the lake and a lot of boats and kayaks. Here we get some coke, melon and ice cream and sit next to the lake eating it.
The lake looks very warm so in I jump for a short swim.
Now we have to do the remaining 7 miles until reaching Lake Aloha. We walk next to Echo Lake and then have to do some climbing. By 7pm we arrive at Lake Aloha which is even nicer than Echo Lake. No boats but a stunning landscape. This time it’s Maya who jumps in right away.
We pitch our tent close to the water, make dinner and feel so happy to finally be back again and are so looking forward to the next months of our journey!