Writing from Old Station, California, near Lassen National Park. Northern Cali is hot and dry like the desert again—but with more trees
In the infamous Section O near Redding, California, we encountered the hardest part of the trail. Heat, lack of views, abundant poison oak, unmaintained, overgrown, bushy trails, numerous bears, and countless rattlers make Northern CA a popular destination for PCT hikers to quit. I almost stepped on a rattler.
We’ve passed many a giant volcano in the past month. The PCT takes almost a 300 degree route around Mt. Shasta, allowing us to see it for nearly 3 weeks. We went through Lassen National Park past the volcanic sulphuric bubbling lakes. Unfortunately, I was hoping to catch breakfast before a restaurant closed, so didn’t grab any photos of it. Next time.
I accidentally ate something with peanuts (I’m allergic to) on a long, hot hike out of Belden, and got sick on the side of the trail.
Yesterday was my first 40 mile day. It wasn’t hard, minus a strike of diarrhea (let me tell you, hiking with that ailment is *difficult*). 😉