Week 14 – Sierra City to Chester (mile 1195 to 1329)

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

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Day 77: Monday 7/06/2015, 24.0mi/38.6km

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(Thanks Nomad, Milkshake & Stickybuns for the encouragement & photos!)

Day 78: Tuesday 7/07/2015, 24.7mi/39.8km

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Day 79: Wednesday 7/08/2015, 25.4mi/40.9km

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Just a few of the many “decorated” PCT markers between Bucks Lake and Chester…

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Day 80: Thursday 7/09/2015, 20.5mi/33.0km

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(And then we climbed 3800ft out of the Belden valley. Ouch)

Day 81: Friday 7/10/2015, 26.5mi/42.6km

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The PCT halfway marker. Cue Bon Jovi’s “Livin on a Prayer”. Hiker-trash karaoke session!

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Day 82: Saturday 7/11/2015, 7.2mi/11.6km

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(Thanks Mr Buels!)

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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!
-Recon

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