Miles 1557 to 1568
We wake too early, shower, then climb back into the car. We are now heading back to where the PCT crosses Highway 3. Terri is taking us back to work. At least that’s what she calls my months of walking.
As we pull into the PCT parking lot we are quite surprised to see Klutz and Mountain Goat eating lunch at the trailhead. I was sure they were many days and many miles ahead. As it happens they also took significant time off to be with family. Kevin unloads his gear and says hello. They have now met everyone in my immediate family. They met Terri several times, Brian at Ziggy and the Bears, Daniel at Sonora Pass and now Kevin.
Kevin and I start hiking at about 1:00pm. Our daily goal is 20 miles, so our half day goal for today is 10. The forecast calls for afternoon thunder storms, so we hope to arrive and setup camp before it gets too late. Klutz and Mountain Goat pass us, as I knew they would. The hike into the Trinity Alps Wilderness is up and along a ridge with spectacular views of jagged mountains, lakes, streams and yes, the still ever present Mount Shasta.
Kevin declares this a very good first day on the trail. I point out this is a great any day on the trail. We setup camp, enjoy Indian curries and rice, and fall asleep.