PCT miles 745.29 to 750.83
Today my goal is to get to Chicken Springs Lake then exit the PCT to Horseshoe Meadow. I got up early while the snow was still hard and donned my Microspikes to start the ridge traverse. The entire trip will be on snow
I was able to get a good View of Horseshoe Meadows
After a few miles I finally reached my trips goal: Chicken Spring Lake
I was so excited! Fifty two days and 751 miles of walking had finally brought me to this point!
I celebrated with a lunch of salami, cheese, cookies and candies. I then headed back before the snow got too soft.
I said goodbye to all the PCT through hikers that continued on to Rock Creek and points north — I wish I could join you!
I returned to Trail Pass and headed down to Horseshoe Meadows. I was careful in crossing the meadow because the streams were eroding the snow
I was careful to cross the ice bridges over the steams at their thickest points
Along the way I encountered pink snow – an algae that grows on snow
After crossing the meadow I arrived at the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead where two years ago I had started my extended John Muir Trail hike.
With my trip last year from Tuolumne Meadows to Lake Tahoe, this now means that I have hiked from Mexico to Lake Tahoe, I have completed the first 1,110.99 miles of the PCT!
I set up camp at the walk in campsite for Cottonwood Lakes. Due to the road closure I had the entire area to myself. I started a small campfire in an attempt to fro my shoes, but the wood was awfully wet and preferred to smoke rather than burn.
I think I only succeed in giving them a nice smoky smell!
I went to sleep feeling both excited that I had reached my hiking goal and sad that my journey is almost over.
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