a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL
starts with a single step.
Miles 1246.2 to 1267.6 (21.4 Miles) Little Creek Meadow Campground to Lost Creek Campground
We have nice weather when look out of our tent this morning! (Not really a surprise, we haven't a had a single day of bad weather this time on the PCT.)
Today's terrain is supposedly fairly easy, mostly flat and almost no climbing involved. The only challenge is that there is no water for the next 13 miles, starting now.
First we pass a lot of beautiful green grassland, but there are not a lot of trees. Then suddenly the ground changes and there are now only lava rocks lying around, which is rather exhausting to walk on. We have brekky at a sunny spot next to a dirtroad. On today's PCT menu we have boiled eggs with Aromat (the almost holy Swiss national condiment), cinnamon horns and the usual stuff like Nutella, salami and cheese.
Shortly before we pack our stuff together, we are overtaken by Switch and Sprout, two hikers from Oregon and Colorado and lovely people who we already stayed with at the church in Burney. They are actually the first SOBO hikers we meet except for Gravity and her friend Happy Feet from Canada.
Now the going is getting a little bit rougher because the trail becomes steeper and it’s getting hotter and hotter by the minute. After one more hour in those conditions we decide to take a nice break in the shade under a tree with a lovely view across the Hat Creek Valley.
A bit later we pass the campsite were the Frenchies we met at Burney Falls camped some days before and where the apparently lost a wooden pen, which Maxime gave to Alix as a birthday present. But unfortunately we can't find it. There is nothing here except of dirt and some dry grass.
After hiking for another 2 hours, we reach the end of this 13 mile waterless stretch. There is a water tank here to fill up your bottles again. And here we not only meet Switch & Sprout again, but also 10 NOBO hikers who gathered around the water source like thirsty bees at a creek. We have another snack, but don't have time to take a longer break since we still have to do around 8 miles.
In the afternoon we hike on rolling hills, enjoying beautiful views over the now deserty looking landscape and then finally hit a section with trees again. It is absolutely beautiful today and it feels like being right back in the beginning of the PCT last year.
Then, finally we reach our designated campsite where the next water is. Unfortunately the water is 0.3 miles down in a steep valley. Switch and Sprout are also here and they already went down to get to the water. While Maya sets up the tent and starts making dinner (couscous with spicy eggplant), poor me has to hike down 120 meters to the canyon to get water. I give my very best and am back within 20 minutes.
Now we settle into our sleeping bags, watch the final episode of yet another British baking show and go to bed, surrounded by three other hikers and the sun setting on this lovely camp spot. Tomorrow we will reach Old Station: cold drinks, good food and the best milkshakes!