Wednesday July 1, 19.9mi/32.0km
Ridge above Kelsey Creek (150.9/6490ft) to Abbott Lake trail jct (170.8/4840ft) (CA)
I slept great in my hidden little camp spot, and woke up when the rising sun came thru the trees. I packed up and was treated to this spectacular view from the trail.
Looking east:Looking south along the trail:
I could see Black Marble mountain up close now, I had been approaching it all afternoon yesterday.
There was even still some snow on the trail!
And some incredibly white rocks too.
Just before I left the PCT, I came across a cabin. I remember hiding from the rain on the porch of a similar cabin back in 2015, I think this was the same cabin.
At the junction, I left the PCT and hiked down towards Big Elk Lake.
I entered a burned forest, so of course the trail was hard to follow. But I saw these cool hollowed out trees.No keebler elves in that one!
I eventually made my way all the way down to Wooley Creek and had lunch.
I really wanted a swim, so I continued on a couple miles to where the trail crosses the river. I saw all sorts of interesting wildlife down here in this low, wet valley.
I went for a swim, rinsed my hiking clothes, and got some sun on a rock. I crossed the creek, carrying my shoes to keep them dry. I accidentally dropped one, and learned that (unfortunately) they float. It took off rapidly downstream, and I swam after it! I nabbed it quickly, close one! The rest of the day was uneventful, just a re-climb of the 4000 feet I had just descended this morning.
The trail was much nicer, and almost no poison oak! As I got higher, the views opened up again too.
The view from the ridgeline on top.
I descended down to the North Fork Salmon River and setup camp at 7pm. Long day!