PCT Mile 1280.9 to 1286.9 in am
1286.9 to 1292.7 in pm
Miles Hiked = 11.8
I camped last night on a somewhat exposed ridge about 4000 feet above Belden. It was windy in the late afternoon but then calmed down before sunset and was nice during the night.
I was up at 6am and hiking by 7. It was a 6 mile downhill hike into Belden.
As I got lower down the hill I left the manzanita lined trail and entered a forest of oak trees
The trail was covered with fallen oak leaves
As I got lower I could start to hear cars and motorcycles along the highway. And then a long train passed by and reminded me of “Long Train Running” by the Doobie Brothers in the mid-seventies.
“Well the pistons keep on turning And the wheels go round and round The steel rails are cold and hard For the miles that they go down”
I soon reached the bottom and passed over those same railroad tracks
I arrived in Belden at 9:15. I had mailed my resupply box to Caribou Crossroads which is about one mile up the road (Highway 70) from Belden. Caribou Crossroads has a US Post Office as well as an RV Park. There is also a small restaurant and store. I was lucky enough to quickly hitch a ride from Belden to Caribou Crossroads from a nice lady who was staying at the RV Park with her family.
I picked up my resupply box and ordered breakfast
Normally Caribou Crossroads caters to PCT hikers but because this was the beginning of the Fourth of July weekend it was a little hectic. They were still very nice just busy with holiday weekend RVers.
I claimed a table under a shaded cover and went thru my resupply box and organized my food for the next few days
Originally I was going to pitch my tent and spend the night at Caribou Crossroads. But because it was so busy I decided to just spend the day, do my laundry and get a shower. Also I recharged all my electronics.
At 4:30 I decided to get back on the trail. I hitched a ride back to Belden and walked across a bridge that spans the Northern Fork of the Feather River.
And I was back in the trail
Belden’s elevation is 2200 feet and the trail goes up about 4800 over the next fourteen miles. As I climbed I enjoyed views of the river
My plan was to hike in five or six miles and then get up early the next day and finish the climb. I soon entered Lassen National Forest
I collected some water for the evening at Rattlesnake Spring
Then I found a place to camp
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