Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 92: Over Cathedral Pass

Friday, August 31, 2018 – 15.10 miles

Nighttime rain ushered in low-hanging clouds that concealed my splendid view when I opened my tent doors in the morning. I packed up my tent, which was gritty with wet dirt, and set off in my rain clothes. After previous experiences in Washington I was expecting a long stretch of rain, but the skies cleared quickly with the same strong west wind as yesterday.

IMG_5403
IMG_5404
IMG_5405

Most of the day was forest walking down into a valley and up again towards Cathedral Pass. I saw an adorable rabbit, a fluffy ball of fur with two tiny ears poking out. Only a few feet away I startled it and when I stopped moving, it returned to the business of hopping around and nibbling on plants. Resolving to watch it for awhile (or forever ❤ ) I set down my backpack, but the noise scared the rabbit away.

IMG_5411

Excellent views from Cathedral Pass. I looked around, hoping to find a sheltered place to camp, but everywhere was windy and cold. I walked to the next campsite noted in eTrails, which eTrails describes as more sheltered. It certainly was not, and I continued onwards.

IMG_5415
IMG_5416
IMG_5430

The next campsite was taken! The terrain was inconducive to random camping because of its cliffiness and vegetation, so I ended up walking all the way to the established sites at Little Hyas Creek. It’s dry, but I don’t need water. Hurriedly I pitched my tent, which I hadn’t dried during the day since I was expecting to camp earlier, and scarfed down supper.

A frigid evening. The weather has felt like autumn lately with the cold breeze and changing colours of the leaves, and I’ve been daydreaming of Halloween and pumpkin pie.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s