a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL
starts with a single step.
Day 168 (29 June)
Miles 1267.6 to 1283.4 (15.8 Miles) Lost Creek Camp to Hat Creek Camp
The sunrise wakes us up today, shining straight into our Big Agnes. What a way to wake up! It's just past 6am, a quick look around reveals that we are the last hikers to leave. We are ready to hit the trail at 6.40am, the weather is again beautiful and we are looking forward to lunch in Old Station, about 13 miles away. Soon we pass Switch and Sprout again, and find out that the turn-off to old Station is way earlier than expected, only about 7 miles away and we've already hiked about 2 of those. That's the kind of news we like!
We take our brekky break at the parking lot at the Hat Creek Viewpoint where we get to throw away our trash, use the bathroom and eat at a real picnic table. This is the official end of the Hat Creek Rim. I really really loved this section! It made us think back to the early desert days on the PCT last year.
Luckily it's only around four more miles to Old Station, but before that we arrive at the Subway Caves, a volcanic lava tunnel and popular tourist spot. It's really hot today, so we welcome the cool temperature and shade in the cave. The detour of 0.5 miles was well worth it.
We reach Old Station a bit later, where we find the other two hikers again. We order lazy hazy beer - which is delicious! - a Caesar salad, two burgers and a milkshake. The food is great and so is the company. We really don't feel like moving though after this lunch. Not only are we really full but also a bit tipsy. Once back on trail the two others soon leave us behind. Little did we know that this would be the last time we see them. Instead of pushing on we decide to take a nice little siesta under some trees and actually fall asleep instantly. By the time we get going again it is already 4.30 pm and our original plan to reach the northern border of Lassen National Park is no longer realistic.
A hiker going NOBO informs us that there is trail magic in the shape of cool drinks just another mile down the trail. But by the time we get there we don't find the cooler and are a bit disappointed. But oh well, we did have a great lunch today!
We decide to camp at the last water source before the park entrance. It's a beautiful campsite and we're the only people there. We take a little bath in the freezing cold creek.
I am not hungry, Dario eats Idaho mashed potatoes for the first time in ages. I finish my book on Kindle. Today was not a very long day, but we are both very exhausted and in bed by 8.45pm after watching some Friends episodes.