Day 50, 7/15, Seiad Valley, 1653, 27mi

Today was about as easy a 27 mile day as you can do. The trail dropped 4000′ in elevation very gradually while following a creek.It did start to heat up as we approached the lower elevations (~1500′). The last 6 miles were a road walk with the last 4 on pavement…this feels quite terrible on the feet and knees but it makes for quick miles.

Sunrise on the climb out of Paradise Lake.

I didn’t see a single car in two hours of road walking, but at least they are warned!

Fighting the heat and sun on the road walk.

Hikers waiting out the late day sun outside the Seiad Valley Store before climbing 4000′ up. I opted to call it a day and camp at the RV park next door.

Gotta love Northern California!

This part of NoCal voted to secede from the rest of Calf. and create the 51st state of Jefferson. Don’t thinks it’s gained much traction outside of this area.

Day 49, 7/14, Paradise Lake, 1926, 30mi

It was a long day!
I was up at 5:15 and trying to hitch a ride back to the trail at 5:45…I only saw 5 cars go by in an hour (two were USFS work trucks). Luckily, I bumped into a hiker named Focus who I had met 1000 miles ago in SoCal and he had arranged a ride at 7:00.

Loading up the pickup truck to get back to the trailhead 10 miles away.

It was a bluebird day!

We all wound up taking lunch at the same spot (the last water source for 12 miles).

Lots of wildflowers today 🙂

There were actually more water sources than expected from all the cascades coming off the snow.

There were several small tricky sections of snow to traverse. I wound up snapping one of my hiking poles not too far from here 😦
Luckily, I got cell service at the top and sent an SOS to Katy at mission control to ship out one of my spares.

View from the top.

Much more rugged than I expected.

If you look closely at the horizon on the right side Mt Shasta is peaking above.

This was a big burn area with incredible wildflowers covering the hillside.

You’d think I was back in the Smoky Mtns !

We were actually in the Marble Mtn’s.

One more tricky snow field to end the day (with one pole).

I was getting to camp just as the sunset around 9:00…exhausted!