Racing Winter on the Pacific Crest Trail – Day 69

Day- 69
Date- 6-22-16
Location- Next to stream
Elevation- 8,878
Distance Traveled Today- 16 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 922.6 miles
Weather/Temp-  clear 70s-80s
Injuries- none
Pain level- low
Spirits/Morale- relaxed
Days without shower- 2
Hunger/craving- low

Today ended up being a somewhat leisurely day for me.  I slept in,  hiked the side trail into Red’s Meadow, ate a big breakfast at a little campground cafe, then got back to the trail.


I decided to take a junction of the JMT instead of the PCT.  It was the same distance as the PCT,  but advertised as more challenging, and more beautiful. I felt good,  so I went for it.  As a result,  my guide didn’t have any details on the side trail,  so I’m not 100% sure how far I went today,  or my total distance in regards to the PCT.  So, I won’t know exact distances until I reconnect with it tomorrow.

I met some other hikers that I knew from earlier on,  and spent most of the day hiking with them; Jellybean, Big Mike, and SPF Pete.


I fished,  walked, rested,  and admired the pretty wilderness.  I ended up catching a decent sized trout,  which I packed out until we made camp.  I made my first fire of the trail, roasted the trout, and shared it with my trail friends. I really wish I would have taken a picture of them or the trout,  but 90% of the time,  pictures are the last thing on my mind.  When I’m in the moment,  the last thing I’m thinking about is my future regrets over the things I don’t take pictures of. It’s always after the fact that it hits me… “Damn,  I wish I’d taken a picture to remember that seemingly mundane moment, that now doesn’t seem so mundane…”


Today was a slow day,  tomorrow it’s back to crushing mountains…

Go to Day 70.


  1. Hahahaha! Regrets over not taking picture of the trout – or maybe your trail buds. How did the trout compare with your catches from home?

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