Daily Miles – 22
Cold last night. I got up at 3:30 and put on my base layer and back to sleep. These deep river valleys are quite cool – katabatic effect.
Saw southbound PCT Later Gator, who we had met on the Colorado Trail in 2017. Great to chat with him and hear how his PCT hike was going.
There are always places that come as a surprise, even though I have walked by 3 times before. The beautiful lakes just south of Selden Pass were just that – a wonderful surprise to experience anew, very pretty.
Descending from Selden Pass in 2016 was a real work out. It was full of snow and then icy slush, and then just cold water. Bone dry today, and I thoroughly enjoyed that.
Bear creek was rock hop able! This creek is notorious for north bound PCT hikers who are here in June (or earlier). In 2016, the creek was close to waist high, and a group of us linked arms to cross it safely.
Caught up to PCT hikers Al and Waldo. They are finishing up Al’s PCT hike this year, he had skipped part of the Sierras because of the snow earlier this year. AL has done every National Scenic Trail and I believe he is in his 80s.
Hiked till dusk and then found a great spot to hang. Whatever breeze was here is completely gone and it is super still now. I love it when that stillness in the evening arrives.