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.