PCT Thruhike: Section 15

In this section,  we hike from Belden, CA to Sierra City,  CA. The stretch features some weather changes and ways to entertain yourself on 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!

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Sunday, September 8:

  • Day: 82
  • Miles Hiked Today: 6.2
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 1366.6
  • Update: Well…we intended a quick in and out of Belden, but got a teensy bit sucked into the vortex (and also good service was slow). We arrived about 9am after 5.9 miles of Poison Oak Ninjaing and had the determined plan: 1) Get packages 2) Get showers 3) Start laundry 4) Charge devices…but got sidetracked immediately when the waitress asked if we’d like coffee while we waited for packages then also brought menus…lol. So, we ordered food that took over an hour to arrive and the day kind of followed that pattern.  We did accomplish all our tasks and left “town” about 5pm, but only to walk 0.3 miles to a campsite down the way. We’ll get to the big ole climb in the morning!

Monday, September 9:

  • Day: 83
  • Miles Hiked Today: 26.9
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 1393.2
  • Update: We saw a lot of people today! The Belden Vortex created a situation where many folks were hiking from the same place at the same time today, so it was fun connecting and reconnecting with folks: Trees, Ryan, Mansoda, Hiccup, 2 Puff, My Sherona, John Wayne,  and Snap. I especially enjoyed hiking with My Sherona, a lovely life coach from Scotland, who helped pass the time on our huge climb this morning. The views were outstanding for most of the day, but chilly with expected rain tomorrow. For now, I’m bundled in all my layers camped on an incredibly scenic cliff. 

Tuesday, September 10:

  • Day: 84
  • Miles Hiked Today: 15.4
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 1408.6
  • Update: 1400 miles! Today was a short day, lol. It was raining when we woke up, so we waited for it to stop and didn’t break camp until 9:30! There was no sense in getting soaked with it being so chilly right now, though there was still a chance of continued rain. The terrain today was good with one pretty steep climb, but no major views.  Just after our second break, it started getting super dark and we heard the rumbles in the distance. We had just passed the last water source for 8 miles, so we had to choose to push on through the storms or set up camp early and stay dry. We chose dry and walked back to the water source (off trail) and set up camp. I super hate being cold, wet, and shivering… it’s the worst. So happy to be dry!

Wednesday, September 11:

  • Day: 85
  • Miles Hiked Today: 28.5
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 1437.1
  • Update: BRRRR. It went from super hot to super cold so fast! We also had miles to make up for yesterday, most of them uphill,  so we had a longer than usual day today. The scenery remains much the same…sweeping views and forest walks. Up down up down. We’re still enjoying it, but I’m a little worried about the cold.  I’m currently huddled in ALL my layers in the tent to stay warm. I’m so thankful for Reuben who sleeps hot and delivers so much heat to our shared quilt! Also, we can smell and see smoke from our campsite tonight (didn’t take picture). We’re camped with Bounce Back, who says he’s checked and we don’t need to worry,  but everyone cross their fingers for us!

Friday, September 12:

  • Day: 86
  • Miles Hiked Today: 20.6
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 1457.7
  • Update: Town days are always exciting,  especially when you wake up and the thermometer says it’s 32 degrees! Today’s 20 was pretty easy with only one biggish climb after which we thought we had it made on our final big descent of NorCal into Sierra City,  but we hadn’t planned on the rocks! Reuben, as usual, was fine but my feet were salty…lol. But all is well now. We rented a room in this adorable town and have a giant suite to ourselves. No laundry services, so we washed our clothes in the tub and ate burgers at the one restaurant often for dinner.  

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