Friday, July 13, 2018 – 14 miles
I had trepidation about today’s planned water source, Six Horse Spring, since my (outdated) copy of Yogi’s book describes it as disgusting and recommends avoiding it entirely. The gentler water report gave me hope. A handful of hikers passed me on my way to the junction and were tramping up and down the steep trail when I arrived – according to eTrails, it has 270 feet elevation loss over 0.4 miles. Not a fun slog, but the water was running clear.
Only six miles later was a huge water cache beside a road, seemingly left by the same person who left the last water cache (I’m impressed by his/her commitment!), along with a plastic container of emergency supplies and solar panels for charging phones. A thru-hiker named Snowman was trying to charge his, but it was giving him a notification that the battery was too hot to charge. The phone was a Samsung Galaxy of some variety, so I’m surprised it didn’t just explode. He told me that he was planning to take the alternate Diamond Lake route, which ‘passes more lakes’. No thanks. There are enough mosquitoes already; I don’t need to pass more lakes.
Just before he headed off along the road, a hiker named Robert arrived. Robert and I left around the same time, but he took the alternate route instead of continuing north on the PCT. That made me paranoid and I started wondering whether the alternate route was generally acknowledged as superior and I was missing out, but Robert passed me awhile later and explained that he had just been following Snowman without knowing where he was going.
eTrails has no data points for the next 30 miles after the road, so perhaps the person who wrote this section took the alternate. It’s hard to estimate how far I walked with no reference points. Let’s just say that I covered 14 miles.