Start: Mile 77 Scissors Crossing
End: Mile 94.4 Trail Campsite
We knew that today was going to be a long upward hike through a 14 mile waterless stretch of the desert, so we were up before dawn and hiking by 6:45. As we hiked up into the hills above Scissors Crossing we could look back at the bridge we had camped under.
Today was the warmest day on the trail so far, probably in the mid-80’s. We kept a steady pace of about 2.5 miles per hour and took rest breaks as needed. Our goal was to get to the “third gate water cache”. We were each carrying about 3.5 liters of water to get us from Scissors Crossing to the Third Gate water cache. After about 6.5 hours we arrived.
It’s amazing how much water is stocked at this cache out in the middle of nowhere. Thank you Third Gate Water Cache Trail Angels!
After hydrating and having our lunch we enjoyed a little afternoon siesta in the shade.
After resting for 2.5 hours, we got back on the trail for another few miles and the set up camp with a nice view looking back towards where we had started this morning. We came up in elevation about 2000 feet today and our ready for a good nights sleep.
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