Hiking on hot trail with Mt. Shasta in the Distance

Day 6. Friday, July 27, 2007

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Start: Road 38N10

Miles Hiked: 18.0

Stop: Past Grizzly Mt. Road

(N 41 09.054, W 121 57.848)

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So, I think this has been the best day on the trail this year. We spent a lot of time on the crest. Sometimes the trail goes into the forest, and the trail is overgrown, which makes it hard to follow. Also, the lack of water is still a problem. There is never enough water to stick your feet in and clean up.

But there are no mosquitoes, and no thunderstorms. Although we probably climbed and descended 2000 feet, the trail is a lot flatter that the Sierras. At midday, we came to the highest point on this section. Great views of all the mountains, including Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta.

Later in the day, we got to a point that we could see Mt. Shasta without any intervening mountains. Now we can see all of Mt. Shasta. It is one gigantic mountain. The base is huge.

This is what the PCT is supposed to be. Lots of crest walking. It has been my best week of hiking that I have had for a long time. Very little nausea. Legs, feet, ankles working great. No blisters. Eating well. It’s been very nice.

Here is a thought from Ken: Loggers should be required to take a picture of every tree they cut down, and every piece of lumber you buy in the store should have its picture attached, so you can see where the wood comes from.

Another fact: Ken is having a horrible time with his blister. Seems like he has 25 blisters. He calls one a “Grand Ma” blister (which means big bad and ugly).

Tonight we put up the tent to keep away from the bugs. We can hear them outside. I don’t mind their sounds as long as they are not crawling on me.

I am laying in my sleeping bag thinking about all the stuff going on at home (funerals and wedding receptions)… Still glad I am here.

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Shasta is getting closer every day.
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These trees are huge. Shasta peeks over the nearby hill.
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As we approach the crest, Shasta looms bigger.
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Ken steps on top of Shasta.
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I love the trail, especially as it takes us along the crest.
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A view South-West from the crest.
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A view North-East from the crest.
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WOW. We get views like this all day long.
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We are finally to the point that there are no more mountain ranges between us and Shasta.
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Mt. Shasta is magnificent.
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We get that top-of-the-world feeling all day long.
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More wow.
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The crest walk continues.
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A pic of me and Shasta.
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A happy Ken.