28 Jun Day 67 – PCT Trail Crew
At mile 1655.9. Hiked 21.4 miles today.
The day started with another soft sunrise. I was on the trail by 5:50 AM.
Some of the trail is overgrown with raspberry plants.
I reached Grider creek and crossed the creek rock hopping, then later via bridge. The trail followed this Gridee creek for miles with several bridge crossings.
I was surprised to find nice smelling wild gardenias.
Here are some wild orchids.
I meet a PCT trail maintenance team. They have a camp at Grider Creek Campground. This crew of volunteers will work on washes out trail. Leading the crew is a woman (far right) from the PCTA.
One of the crew members worked at Mission Creek in SoCal where the crew fixed a spot in a marshy area where everyone was losing their way. I remember the spot well. It wasn’t fixed when I came through so I lost my way. Bushwhacking and using GPS I found the trail again. It was funny to talk to the people that fixed this spot on Miaaion Creek 1400 trail miles south of here.
The last 6.5 miles are a road walk. It was hot! Bruce at the Seiad Valley RV Park told me that it was probably 115 degrees F on the road today.