Date: 19 Apr 2018 08:09PM PDT
Location: Camping near Coon Creek Cabin
Today's Miles: 20.3
Total Miles: 246.5
Little bit of a lie in this morning. Been more and more tired upon waking each morning.
Packed up slowly, no real rush. Ate some oatmeal, partitioned out all my snacks for the day, did a little map recon.
Spent all day hiking uphill. Over eighteen miles and 7,500 feet of elevation gained. Luckily for most of the day the trail paralleled a flowing stream, so at least I didn't have to carry a bunch of water as well.
Legs felt like lead and didn't recover very much throughout the day. Probably a combination of all the climbing, two weeks of hiking without a day off, and still acclimatizing to being at elevation.
Stopped a bit early in the day at an abandoned cabin owned by the USFS. Figured there'd be a hiker or two, but there were over twelve hikers buzzing about the place.
All the windows and doors of the cabin had been removed sometime in the past, but these hikers had been hard at work scavenging about to barricade and cover up all the openings to block the wind and keep in some warmth.
Decided to stay since it'd been snowing on and off all day, and started falling harder as night fell.
Pitched my tent behind the cabin in a smaller abandoned building and enjoyed the warmth of a fire the crew had started in the cabin's fireplace.
Ate my dinner, listened to fresh hiker stories and experiences, in bed with the sun.
Town late tomorrow evening or early on Saturday.