START: A few miles short of Peavine Creek
DISTANCE: 175 miles
DAILY AVERAGE: 35 miles
TOTAL DISTANCE: 1606.3 miles
- Mt. Shasta: The sun came out and the heavens cleared to afford jaw-dropping vistas of Mt. Shasta during the section before Park Creek Road Trailhead.
- Wildlife: I was fortunate to spot numerous bears (four in total), snakes, deer and a variety of birdlife (woodpeckers, bluejays, mockingbirds and eagles) during this section.
- Weather: The final few days into Etna were marked by wind, rain, fog, snow and the coldest conditions encountered since just before Tuolomne Meadows. Except for the odd window of sunshine, views were at a premium. Normally I wouldn’t mention such a stretch, but the PCT generally has such great weather between May and August, that an extended period of such inclement conditions is somewhat of an anomaly.
- Knees: Over the past couple of weeks I have been nursing a persistent case of patellar tendinitis in my left knee. Massage, stretching, reducing my daily mileage/hours hiked….you name it, I’ve tried it. The good news? It’s not getting any worse. The not so good news? It’s not really improving, either. Perseverance and patience.