For years it’s been a line on the map–the stretch of the Pacific Crest trail that goes north from Ridge Lake to Spectacle Divide. Ten scenic miles that I’ve never hiked. This has been my year, and here are the photos to show for it:
In all, 33 miles in four days. Moved a lot of rocks, cut some brush and logs. Made copious notes about the work left to do. Started at 3200 feet in elevation, climbed up to 5700 feet, and ended up at 3000 feet. Assisted a backpacker by rigging a litter to carry out her exhausted Labrador retriever the last couple of miles. Re-entered civilization at around 8 PM last night. Had been fantasizing about food and baths for hours.
There’s a tinge of autumn in the high country. A flush of red in the low huckleberries, the gathering of small birds, cold nights. The full moon rises, the season changes.