Day 77 (20180615): 1385.5-1409.7

Today I planned on staying at Burney Mountain Guest Ranch. This made for a short day but it turned out to be such a nice place.

 Early morning selfie
Early morning selfie

I did not set an alarm today but I ended up starting hiking at 0600 like usual. The morning had a bit of a breeze which was really nice as Hat Creek Rim can be really hot.

 The sun is just about to start shining on me
The sun is just about to start shining on me

A few miles after starting I came upon a cooler with some trail magic where I grabbed a soda and some snacks.

Not long after I passed a communication facility where I passed another hiker just packing up. Perhaps my starting times is a bit early. Maybe that will change as I no longer plan to set an alarm.

 Hat Creek Rim had the most amazing views I had seen in a while
Hat Creek Rim had the most amazing views I had seen in a while
 Once if the scariest animals I have met on trail. Getting sprayed by a skunk would suck
Once if the scariest animals I have met on trail. Getting sprayed by a skunk would suck

The Hat Creek Rim was so beautiful as I constantly had views of Mount Shasta and the valley. The trail was really overgrown though and had rocks which I kept almost tripping over which was a bit annoying. The trail also had me walking on quite a few lava rocks. Oregon apparently also has a lot of that so hopefully my shoes will not get too messed up as I plan to use just one more pair.

 Mount Shasta in the distance. During the day or slowly grew larger
Mount Shasta in the distance. During the day or slowly grew larger

There were some rather long water carries today but I did not need to refill water with the trail magic.

 Baum Lake
Baum Lake

In the end the trail descended a bit and I passed Lake Baum before reaching the side trail to the ranch.

 The side trail to the ranch followed the power lines
The side trail to the ranch followed the power lines

When I arrived at the ranch I met Pathfinder a really fast hiker who is trying to do the PCT, the CDT and the AT in one calendar year.

I was at the ranch really early but stuck with my plan of staying there the night. Later more hikers arrived and we ended up being 7 hikers staying the night.

Dinner was really good and since a group was staying there we got dessert as well. I did not originally plan to get breakfast tomorrow morning but it will be ready by 0600 so I am definitely getting breakfast.

I am going to hike so I reach Mount Shasta Monday around noon. Tomorrow I will also make a quick stop at Burney Falls State Park to see the falls and obviously get some snacks.

All the southbounders I have talked to have recommended I go to Etna so I might just have to do that.

The ranch offered showers and have a really nice store so it is all around just a nice place.

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