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July 1, 2024 - Day 45

July 1, 2024 - Day 45

jbwils Jul 3rd, 2024
Mozart's 2024 PCT Thru-Hike

We woke up this morning to a beautiful sunrise over Chicken Spring Lake. The location was one of the more unique places I’ve visited, let alone camped at. With that in mind, we had somewhat of a slow morning as we talked with Candy Crush, Bastione, Berry, Sonic, Tomas and Icy to see what their plans were. We shared with them our plans to hike up to Soldier Lake and continue on a path that reconnects with the PCT at the Mount Whitney PCT Junction. It would add an additional 6 miles but we would see some of the best kept secrets of the Sierra.

We arrived at the Siberian Pass junction that leads to Soldier Lake and brought Berry along with us. Our group included Mackenzie, Spoons, Fly Lord, and now Berry. Fly Lord had a fly fishing rod and I think that convinced Berry to tag along.

Soldier lake itself was beautiful. Only one other person on the other side of the water with amazing views and plenty of fish. As they were setting up the rod (I didn’t take part as I don’t have my CA fishing permit), I noticed several bald eagles flying around the area. These fish were going to be tough to catch given their predators lurking.

As Berry, Spoons, and Fly Lord kept fishing, Mackenzie and I continued on the path through the various lakes and streams located around the area. It was a tough several climbs as we had to ascend over several passes but the views were incredible. This area was recommended to us by a park ranger and we all gave the views a 10/10. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was as if we reversed back in time 300 years. The rivers were full of Golden Trout and Cutties, marmots were running all around, and bald eagles were soaring above us. We were surrounded by some of the grandest mountains in America walking along glacier lakes and waterfalls. The hiking was incredibly tough but so worth it.

We got to the end of our side quest and approached what is known as ‘Magic Mile’ just as the sun was setting. Again, the views kept getting better. Photos can’t capture this beauty. It seemed like untouched earth and we all felt lucky to see it.

Once the sun set, the mosquitoes assembled in full force. It was unlike anything I had seen before. Millions around us eager to prey on some unlikely guests. No wonder the fish were so big around here.

We’ve made it to Crabtree Meadow campground where we will take a slow morning tomorrow and climb up the tallest mountain in the lower 48 - Mount Whitney.

Hoping for some good rest.

For now, we hunt for the mosquitoes in our tent…

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