Day 79 (20180617): 1447.3-1487.5

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.

Early day in the forest

Early day in the forest

The weather forecast for the day had shown a possibility of rain and there were some clouds but no rain yet.

Mount Shasta is much closer now but now to the north

Mount Shasta is much closer now but now to the north

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.

Not all the trail was in forest sometimes I had good views to the South

Not all the trail was in forest sometimes I had good views to the South

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.

Probably the big animal I see the most is deer, a lot of them are not very afraid

Probably the big animal I see the most is deer, a lot of them are not very afraid

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.

Squaw Valley Creek before the final climb to my campsite

Squaw Valley Creek before the final climb to my campsite

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.