Date: 01 Sep 2017 1021PM
Location: Camping near mile 1508.7
Today's Miles: 27.1
Total Miles: 1141.7
Much better day today overall. Didn't sleep very well, but I woke up, quickly packed, out by 0745.
Unfortunately my bad luck from yesterday continued for most of the morning, the trail that I intended on following seems to be incredibly old and doesn't actually exist anymore. When I get back to society I'm going to look up these two trails and see just when in time they were abandoned.
After a couple of very slow and painful miles of bushwhacking and hiking cross country, I managed to link up with a series of dirt logging and access roads. They were poorly maintained, some obviously abandoned, overgrown with years of growth from bushes and trees, many with the trenches and dirt humps the forest service puts in when they close a road.
After taking lunch on a pretty large mountaintop consisting of huge boulders, I was near the end of my cross country adventure. I spied the remenants of the last mile of trail I needed to follow to get to a well worn dirt access road that would lead me straight back to the PCT.
After fourteen and a half miles of struggling through brush, bushes, rocks, and steep inclines of all three, the PCT was like a veritable superhighway. Smoke is starting to pour into the area from a new local fire, and it was incredibly hot and exposed, but it was still worthwhile and made up for the last day and a half.
Arrived at the Castle Crag wilderness area to wind up the day. Had some pretty spectacular views of the crags as the sun was setting, and managed to night hike my way down under the cover of an almost full moon until I was plunged back into the tree line.
Camped just shy of ten miles out from town. Tomorrow's focus is on hiking in, and making my way to the Redding, CA airport with plenty of time to spare before my flight.