PCT Thruhike: Section 9

Please enjoy the combination of video, mini blog, and photo gallery of our ninth section on the Pacific Crest Trail!

Our videos feature quick and dirty views of each trail section as well as A+ and F moments and conclude with Lessons Learned. We hope you enjoy!

Click here for link to Section 9 Photos! 

Mini-Blog:

Thursday, August 8:

  • Day: 51
  • Miles Hiked Today: 16.4 (+1.5 in side trails)
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 762.4
  • Update: A nice easy day out of Shelter Cove Resort today.  My feet felt rested after only hiking 5 miles yesterday and resting/socializing at the resort. The hiking today was also pretty,  getting above treeline for the first time in a few days. Then there’s the issue of mosquitoes. All the NOBOs have been warning that now they are gonna get bad…but they aren’t ever that bad.. at least not the consistent swarms we expect from their reports.  Today there were a few miles of annoyance, but we expected to be overrun at the lake tonight but weren’t! In fact,  we had a lovely long lakeside afternoon and even got trail angeled by local car campers who gave us a huge rainbow trout they’d already cleaned and foil to cook it with over a fire.  It was delicious with our tabouli and hummus dinner (we also shared with other hikers who turned up). When we thanked the campers, they offered us beer and tequila :). We’re camping tonight with a NOBO named Marmot and a SOBO named Bird. 

Friday, August 9:

  • Day: 52
  • Miles Hiked Today: 24.8 (+0.75 in side trails)
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 787.2
  • Update: Today we began a drier stretch of the trail,  having to carefully plan our water resupply. Luckily,  there are many trail angels who leave water caches at road crossings and we passed one today. We also had to hike about a mile off trail to a lake to camp and for water tonight. We worried we wouldn’t get in before the storms got bad… but we got lucky and set up our tent just before the rain and hail really started.  We had more views and fewer mosquitoes today on the ridgeline but the same terrain made us leery of the afternoon thunderstorms that only got us a little wet. We have Maidu Lake to ourselves tonight, save the boisterous flapping birds on the water. 

Saturday, August 10:

  • Day: 53
  • Miles Hiked Today: 28.2
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 814.4
  • Update: We passed 800 miles today! Today was a pretty easy day with only one biggish climb and the rest a bit rolling. Though,  we did have to contend with thunderstorms and chilling rain for part of the day and got a late start because of a morning downpour.  The silver lining being a lack of mosquitoes and the tamping down of the pervasive dust that crawls inside our shoes and covers our legs.  I have been having some upper/inner thigh strain that gives me some concern…but we think that may be from increased speed. Sometimes without trying I hike 3.5mph! So, today I kept myself to 3mph only, despite the easy elevation,  and plan to get ace bandages in Crater Lake where we will resupply tomorrow. 

Sunday, August 11:

  • Day: 54
  • Miles Hiked Today: 13.1
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 830
  • Update: The PCT is closed due to cougar activity and downed trees,  so hikers have been “forced” to hike the much prettier alternate along the rim of Crater Lake,  which we did today and it was SPECTACULAR! We also have really enjoyed getting into Mazama Village,  fixing up our resupply, cleaning up, and hanging out with other hiker trash. All is well!

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