Daily miles : 24
Total miles : 1408
After a somewhat warm evening hiking up to Hat Creek Rim, temperatures became cool over night and we had a chilly start to the day. This only lasted until the sun came out, and the heat began.
The Hat Creek Rim section of the trail (typically not more than part of two days spent up there) us somewhat notorious on the PCT for being hot and waterless. The hot part was true for us today. Having not seen a thermometer, it is hard to know what the temps actually were, but it was hot and exhausting even though the terrain was quite easy.
For quite a bit of the day we had views of Mt Lassen and Mt Shasta. Beautiful light on both in the morning.
Most of the day was spent walking on flat terrain and then late in the day we began the decent towards Burney and our destination for the day – The Burney Mountain Guest Ranch. Our feet were more tired than usual as we walked quite a bit on Volcanic rubble. This rubble is not necessarily sharp, but our shoes are starting to feel less than fresh with the miles we have on them.
We did have water at the cache that is located at the half way point between natural water sources. Also, at the cache, Copper Tone was there doing trail magic, so we had a banana and a cinnamon roll.
Tonight we are at the Burney Mountain Guest Ranch. This is a new addition to the PCT within the past two years. An excellent place run by a very welcoming woman named Linda. They have pretty much everything that one would like to feel at home. Very comfortable.