The day was clear and hot and I had nice shade for most of the day. The last third where I was up near Castle Craigs State Park was bare rock. It was also in the heat of the day which made it even tougher. I made a nice campsite around 2:30 and called it quits. I figured 11.3 miles in 89deg weather was good enough for the first day.
Observation: water may be an issue this year. Creeks that are “Seasonal” are already dry. I had to bolder hop up a creek to get water for dinner. Looks like I’ll be carrying extra from now on just in case.
My Birthday on the trail! I am 66 going on 99. (That’s what my body feels like right now)
Had a nice cool morning, great for the long grade.
I’ve got cell svc on this ridge, so updating!
Below is Castle Craig’s up front and behind.