Woke up at 6am, anticipating a pickup together with Gusty and Crumbs by Gusty’s dad around 6.45am.
Finishing the last fruits in a quick breakfast, I was in front of the hotel in time. Got updates from Crumbs about a delay so I walked to an espresso place in Dunsmuir.
Gusty, Crumbs and I started on trail by 8am. Surprisingly quite flat in the beginning. Following Crumbs lead, we took a wrong turn and hiked up steeply a while – but another fork of the trail led us back to the PCT.
Water was an issue – water sources up to 10 miles away. The smoke from the nearby forest fires of the last days remained – not much to see from the Castle Crags Wilderness…
Later today the trail got steep again – with the smoke and burnt smell not a pleasure to climb a total of 7000 feet today.
Late lunch around 1.30pm after getting water, 15 miles done.
In the sun… Continued walking a bit for shade. Rested until 3.15pm.
Walked until 6.30pm to water and tentsite at mile 1524. 25 mile day. Satisfied considering the late start.
Started 6.45am after breakfast. Quite fast this morning… No problem to complete 10 miles by 10am.
Kept thinking about the plan for today… Push for 30+ miles and go to town already tonight or take it easier and hitch into town only tomorrow morning.
I had done 16.5 miles by 12.45pm, lunch break at a tentsite at mile 1485.
Only 13.7 miles to the highway 5 leading into Dunsmuir – so I will attempt to go to town today.
Twilight due to the smoke the whole day – not easy on the soul.
Short before the highway, I hit the 1500 miles marker. On day 100. 😁
Made it to the highway 5 around 7pm. Hitchhiking was surprisingly easy – considering I was hitchhiking the first time directly on a highway with the cars speeding by. An older couple was also trying to get a ride to Dunsmuir/Mt Shasta. After maybe 20 minutes, a car stopped with place for all three of us.
I got into Dunsmuir 7.45pm. I confirmed my AirBnB reservation at Hotel California in the center of the little town. Dinner in the Pizza Factory just next door.
Tired. Feet and legs are sore. Also the knees were complaining the last miles.
Got up early at 5.20am. Night was nice cool, a good refreshment. Poptart in the tent, coffee after breaking down the tent. Then started chatting with Flower… At the end, we only started hiking at 6.45am.
Just 8 miles by 10am, so I kept pushing.
Lunch and water at 1230pm at 1456, 15 miles done. The views remained limited due to the smoke. I was supposed to have a great view on Mt Shasta by now… Judge for yourself, that’s the best view I would get before coming into the town of Mt Shasta days later.
Motivated by other hikers and their talk about a creek at the Ash campground, I kept pushing and made it there by 6.20pm – 28 miles today.
Pitched tent and took a bath in the river. Rinsed my clothes. Mashed potato dinner, chat with Gusty. In tent by 9pm.