Location- Forested saddle
Elevation- 6,194 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 24.3 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 1869.6 miles
Weather/Temp- clear 70s
Injuries- tight i-t band
Pain level- moderate
Days without shower- 1
Slept in, then had some chicken and waffles at the lodge, a southern staple; if you’ve never had them, then you better get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’.
Hit the trail a little before 11 am and just walked steady. The most impressive part of the day was walking along the slopes of Mt. Thielsen, with its impressive peak towering above. I would say Thielsen had the most dramatic, noteworthy peak of any mountain I’ve seen so far.
Besides Mt Thielsen, I crossed the highest point on the trail between Oregon and Washington at 7,560 ft; I’ll never be any higher in altitude than that for the rest of the journey.
I had a nice easy walk to where I wanted to camp and ended up with some other north and south bound hikers. It’s nice to have some company
I’m getting pretty anxious for this long birthday hike. I really don’t want to disappoint myself…