PCT Day 155 – Friday, September 15
Onion Valley Trailhead to Rae Lakes Mile 793.5
PCT Miles Hiked Today: 4.4
Non-PCT Miles Hiked Today: 7.5
Total PCT Miles Hiked: 1663.8
Feet Ascended Today: 3873
Feet Descended Today: 2728
Current Elevation: 10617
I awoke at 5:00 am despite staying up past 11 last night working on my blog. I guess my body is getting used to waking up early. It gets dark at 7:30 pm now so I’m usually in bed and falling asleep by 8:00 or 8:30 when I’m on the trail. This earlier bedtime is leading me to wake up earlier.
I joined the other guests of the Mt. Williamson Motel for breakfast at 7:00 am and I was back at the Onion Valley Trailhead and ready to hike by 9:00 am. I had a 2500 foot climb ahead of me up and over Kearsarge Pass but it wasn’t as bad as I had feared. I felt well-rested and recharged from my night in town and plodded steadily up the hill.
As I was ascending the hill, I passed Strider who was coming down the hill. Apparently, she climbs up to Kearsarge Pass from the Onion Valley Trailhead every single morning. Wow. Impressive. We stopped to chat for a few minutes and we hugged before I continued on my way.
When I made it to the top of Kearsarge Pass, a crowd of other hikers were gathered there so I didn’t stay long. I continued over to the other side and found a spot overlooking Kearsarge Lakes for lunch. I was happy to find that my appetite has fully returned after my bout of altitude sickness.
I continued hiking along the Kearsarge trail until I finally made it back to the PCT and then headed north. Glen Pass, elevation 11948 feet, was only located a few miles up the trail so I decided to tackle that today as well. When I reached the top, I had the summit to myself.
On the other side, the trail descended to the popular Rae Lakes area. I decided to stay there for the night because it has a bear box and I have too much food to fit in my bear can after my resupply. I could feel the temperature dropping as I made dinner and hurried through my evening chores. It feels like it’s going to be colder tonight than it has been so far. I put my electronics and my water filter inside my sleeping bag to keep them warm and drifted off to sleep.
It’s really cold tonight! Brrr!!