a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 1098.5 to 1118.6. Lake Aloha Camp to Lake Richardson Camp.
This felt like the best night ever! We slept so well being back out here in the wilderness. The temperature was perfect, there were millions of stars above us and Lake Aloha right next to us is so stunning! It feels amazing to be back and especially after the last couple of days we really needed a quiet, peaceful night like this!
We are full of energy this morning and quickly pack up our stuff and get going. We spend the morning hiking past many lakes, their surface completely calm, the mountains reflecting in them. There is no smoke around us which we kind of expected considering all the fires burning a couple hundred miles away from us. We have breakfast right by one of the lakes before we start climbing Dicks Pass. There are a few hikers around us, but they all seem to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail, we don‘t meet any other PCT hikers, it seems like we are the last two hikers going north this season. In fact, if we hadn‘t gone home we would most likely be in Sierra City now, which is about 90 miles ahead. But we enjoy talking to the TRT hikers who are amazed at how far we‘ve come and how much we‘ve hiked. And even though we skipped the section from Tuolumne Meadows to Echo Lake (148 miles) due to the road closure in Yosemite we are proud of the 960 miles we have hiked so far.
The afternoon passes by quickly, we‘re in good spirits, the scenery is beautiful as always. We spend our lunch at Fontanillis Lake and go for a swim as it‘s so hot out. How refreshing! We dry pretty quickly and go on soon. We actually think we are gonna be able to hike 20 miles today! That would be a great first full day back on trail! And we successfully arrive in Lake Richardson in the evening, 20 miles after Lake Aloha. We are both exhausted, feeling each and every mile. We don‘t even bother to have dinner and just go straight to bed. But it‘s good to know we still have it in us! :)