This section was quite varied, and it completed the transition from the Sierras to Norcal. The trail begins to feel very different- wetter, lower elevation, hotter, and lots of poison oak. And I met a whole new group of people after leaving Sierra City!
Day 76: Sunday 7/05/2015, 8.0mi/12.9km
Day 77: Monday 7/06/2015, 24.0mi/38.6km
(Thanks Nomad, Milkshake & Stickybuns for the encouragement & photos!)
Day 78: Tuesday 7/07/2015, 24.7mi/39.8km
Day 79: Wednesday 7/08/2015, 25.4mi/40.9km
Just a few of the many “decorated” PCT markers between Bucks Lake and Chester…
Day 80: Thursday 7/09/2015, 20.5mi/33.0km
(And then we climbed 3800ft out of the Belden valley. Ouch)
Day 81: Friday 7/10/2015, 26.5mi/42.6km
The PCT halfway marker. Cue Bon Jovi’s “Livin on a Prayer”. Hiker-trash karaoke session!
Day 82: Saturday 7/11/2015, 7.2mi/11.6km
(Thanks Mr Buels!)
I spent a night in Chester to relax and get clean. Its a nice little friendly town, and it was easy to get rides to/from the trail. And it even has a microbrewery that just opened this summer!
Next, onto Mt Shasta & the rest of Nor-cal!