Today I wanted to push as far as possible so I can make it into Mt Shasta early tomorrow.
I woke up earlier than I wanted to just after 5 and had to go dig a cathole. After that I could not really go back to sleep and not long after I started packing. Despite this I did not actually start hiking till 0607.
The weather forecast for the day had shown a possibility of rain and there were some clouds but no rain yet.
Most of the days stretch was in forest and quite boring as there was a lot of green tunnel. The views did open up a few times and revealed Mount Shasta in all its glory. During the day Mount Shasta moved to the north in my view as I was moving Westward South of the mountain. To get to the Trinity Alps the trail almost does a full circle of the mountain.
The trail was not too difficult today but now that I look back this is my longest day so far at just over 40 miles 9400 ft of elevation gain, 10800 ft of elevation loss. I do not feel like I have done that much climbing since it was a lot of small climbs instead of one massive one.
I had originally planned to camp at least 3 miles earlier and before climbing an additional 1000 ft but I read reports about bear activity so decided to push on a bit further.
Tomorrow I am going to Mt Shasta and have already arranged a ride with an awesome trail angel that I will text tomorrow as I get closer to the highway.
I have heard good things about Mt Shasta so I am looking forward to staying there.