24th July 2014

Mileage 25.6 (41.2km)

Ridgetop camp (1575) to Paynes Lake (1600.6)

Jangle, jangle jangle went the cowbells attached to the nearby bovines. The sounds lasted all night. Line upon line of granite spires and mountains stretched as far as the rising sun. Time to wake. I was one of the first out of my tent in the morning, as usual. I was slow to get moving. Partly because of the great view, partly because of the cold. I was captivated by the distant mountains and stopped at every opportunity to photograph them. I love the far horizons. The photos don’t do justice to the reality of the place, as has been the case for the whole journey to date.

Again the trail followed mostly ridgelines with extensive views of the Trinity Wilderness area. To date this has been one of my most favourite places. A check of the map revealed that we are only really skirting the edges of the place. There must be some great hikes in this park. I spent most of the day hiking with Teflon. Another hiker called Ladies Man appeared. I hadn’t seen him since the early parts of the desert, maybe 12 weeks ago! Most of the people I hiked with in the very early parts of the desert are ahead of me. Often I wonder how they are and would love to hear about their experiences on the trail. I’m unlikely to see them again, unfortunately. This trail is like that.

The late afternoon section of the hike was scarred by large sections of burnt forest. I suspect it was a recent burn. Only very small sections of forest are starting to regrow. The end of the burnt section of trail led to Paynes Lake, our camp for the night.


the tree appears to be eating the sign




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10 Responses

  1. anna

    The scenery is simply amazing. The pct is always on my mind lately, especially after posts like this one!

  2. Charlie

    Hey, can you run us through a morning routine? I mean, you wake up, you cook? you pack up your tent and stuff… How long does all of that take? I took my gear for my first test hike a week ago, and it took me _forever_, maybe 2 hours.
    I am pretty sure the first thing I need to do in order to streamline, is pack all but: breakfast, my sleeping bag, mattress, and tent the night before… and when packing strap the tent to the bottom of the pack rather than packing it.

    • Charlie

      Oh and P.S. Weird, I thought you were hiking faster than most, not slower.

    • Charlie

      P.P.S. Hehe, you are clearly enjoying the new camera. Lots and lots of crisp photos.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Ok, at some time in the future I’ll write about the morning routine, but for me it’s between 15 mins (no breakfast) and 45 mins(with breakfast).

  3. RoarLoud

    Amazingly beautiful! Photos never do justice for nature, the feeling can’t fully be captured by a photo. Keep roaring!

  4. SierraDude

    Wow, what an amazing hike you are on!!! I started yesterday reading your blog and just now caught up…..


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