PCT Day 132 – Wednesday August 23
Lower Rosary Lake Mile 1908.3 to Irish Lake Mile 1928.1
PCT Miles Hiked Today: 19.8
Total PCT Miles Hiked: 1459.2
Feet Ascended Today: 2543
Feet Descended Today: 2703
Current Elevation: 5563
I was surprised to discover that it was 6:45 am when I awoke, groggy from sleep. Mists shrouded Lower Rosary Lake, giving it an ethereal effect. I packed up quickly and was on the trail by 7:30 am. I passed the man with the parrot (or whatever exotic bird it was), who had cowboy camped on the shore of the lake a short ways away.
I hoped to hike 23 or 24 miles today, but shortly after I hit the trail I realized that it wasn’t going to happen. I was feeling really tired and the miles were just not coming easily today. Ugh. I hate days like this.
I walked through lots of forests today, and I started noticing something new. Marks are carved into trees along the trail periodically. The marks usually look like an “i”, with a small mark and a longer mark beneath it in a line. The marks are always present on both sides of the same tree and look old – these were made a long time ago. I mentioned it to a friend later and he believes they are old blaze marks. Once I started noticing them I began seeing them everywhere.
I stopped for a late lunch at Charlton Lake. The lake is near a trailhead and lots of car campers were nearby. I plopped down at a campsite near the lake’s edge to make some ramen and noticed a group of campers a short ways away. One of the campers had a guitar and accompanied himself as he sang songs by Wilco as well as other artists. He was actually pretty good. It was fun to listen in.
I had been leapfrogging with another hiker named Shutter all day and ended up at the same campsite on Irish Lake. I had hoped to get in a few more miles but decided to call it a day. It meant that I’d have to do more miles tomorrow if I hoped to make it to Bend.