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Begins: May 1, 2022
Date: Fri, Jun 17th, 2022
Start: 888.5, 9198 ft
End: 906.6, 7705 ft - ending at Mammoth
Daily Distance: 18.1
Trip Distance: 892.0
Entry Visits: 168
Journal Visits: 9,418
Guestbook Views: 214
Guestbook Entrys: 22
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I slept really well last night, which I really needed because Im still very tired. My alarm went off at 5, because I wanted to make it to Reds Meadow early to get into Mammoth. However, I slept in till 5:45, and was on trail by 6:15. I figured it would be an easy 18 miles in based on the elevation profile, and that I would get there around 2.
It started with a climb straight up for about a thousand feet. I felt ok, and it was beautiful. I started getting hot as I climbed, so I took off my jacket close to the top. However, as soon as I crested and descended a bit into a meadow with lakes, it got much much colder. I thought that was weird, and maybe a location thing. However, as I continued to hike it hit even colder. I climbed a bit more, and was on the side of the mountain. It felt like it was snowing a tiny bit. It turned out a cold front had suddenly entered.
I put on my jacket again, and a while later finally relented and put on gloves, tights, and wind pants. I was warm enough, but I realized I definitely didnt want to camp at Reds Meadow- I wanted a room in Mammoth so I could be warm.
I continued hiking, and the trail was super smooth and easy, and mostly downhill. It was also very pretty- I was hiking in pine tree forests. Right before the turn off, I hiked through a part of the forest that had burned down, which was interesting.
As I rolled into Reds Meadow, the shuttle to Mammoth was right there. I paid for the ticket and got on no problem, and texted my friend Houdini. I was able to split a room with him at the Motel 6, which is fortunate because most of everywhere is booked up. I was told the cold front will leave by Sunday, which is perfect because I plan to get back on trail on Sunday. I definitely dont want to sleep in the freezing cold tomorrow.
When I got to town, I went to a Mexican restaurant and got a veggie burrito and horchata. Unfortunately, it was too much food and I got a really painful stomachache. It lasted for hours, which literally never happens to me in normal life. My stomach is just so sensitive now due to trail. Im hoping tomorrow I can eat like normal!
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org