I thought I might hit lingering snowpack in Lassen National Park, but it turns out that the PCT takes a wide swath around Mount Lassen through low, flat, dry forest, and I needn’t have worried. In fact, today might have been the warmest day yet, with my thermometer registering ninety degrees through most of the afternoon. Instead of snow, I’m now dealing with hot, waterless, and dusty conditions, and associated chafed feet.

After a luxurious breakfast at Drakesbad, I hiked with Honeybuzz, Turbo, and Furious for 24 miles to the small town of Old Station, where I need to pick up a resupply package when the post office opens tomorrow morning. Then it’s on to the infamous Hat Creek Rim – should be interesting, as I’ve heard much about it from other hikers…

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