Pacific Crest Trail 2021:  Sobo Old Station to Kennedy Meadows South

Our PCT 2021 starts in Old Station, California where we’ll meet fellow hikers from 2019!  Mark (Vfat) and Claire (Snickers) meet us and then drive Cupcake to a storage facility in Ridgecrest.  Now that’s what we call good friends!  We’ll hike to Kennedy Meadows South and then hitch hike to Ridgecrest.  This section of the Pacific Crest Trail traverses through snow-covered mountains and some of the best scenery in America! Well, we don’t think we’ll hit too much snow, because it’s a low snowpack year, plus we’re starting in July.  So we’re hoping for a balance of low snow, but enough water.  Heat but not fire.  It’s a fine line!  We’re intersecting with the John Muir Trail, during our PCT 2021 trek, so that’s exciting.  It’s said to hold some of the most beautiful views and landscapes in America.  We can’t wait to see it. 

So this trek will finish out the last 600 miles that Steve has left to complete the entire PCT and we couldn’t be happier to get started.  Our attitudes are a bit different than before we started in 2019.  We’re a lot more relaxed about planning than we were then.  But we’re also a lot more aware of the random things that can happen along the trail.  We hiked with some great athletes last time, some of whom were taken about by bone fractures or injuries.  A simple misstep can change the whole game.  So while we’re more relaxed in most aspects, we’re also more aware of potential challenges. 

You can check out the PCTA’s pages for lots of section detail or you can just start below.  See where our journey takes us.  Hopefully it’ll inspire you to take your own trail journey, by day or section or backpacking the whole dang thing!  Let’s get hiking!

PCT:Day 214: Slack packing

PCT:Day 214: Slack packing

Day: 214 Direction: Southbound  Trail location: 1470 Cumulative miles hiked: 2189 Miles hiked today: 11.8 Elevation: 6000 High/low temp humidity: Spinning on the turntable: Richard K. Morgan: Altered Carbon Today I had expectations that I would fly up and down...

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PCT:Day 213: Shake it baby!

PCT:Day 213: Shake it baby!

Day: 213 Direction: Southbound  Trail location: 1458 Cumulative miles hiked: 2178 Miles hiked today: 12.29 Elevation: 4661 High/low temp humidity: 85/58/15 Spinning on the turntable: Richard K. Morgan: Altered Carbon This morning began with a four mile uphill haul. I...

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PCT:Day 212: Trail magic

PCT:Day 212: Trail magic

Day: 212 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1446 Cumulative miles hiked: 2165 Miles hiked today: 12.35 Elevation: 6557 High/low temp humidity: 89/61/20 Spinning on the turntable: Richard K. Morgan: Altered Carbon Feeling rebellious this morning I opted to drink...

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PCT: Day 211: Going back for wilson

PCT: Day 211: Going back for wilson

Day: 211 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1433 Cumulative miles hiked: 2153 Miles hiked today: 15.14 Elevation: 6557High/low temp humidity: 89/57/15 Spinning on the turntable: Billy Joel: Live through the years Each day on the trail I tell myself that tomorrow...

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PCT: Day 210: Fire Burnout

PCT: Day 210: Fire Burnout

Day: 210 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1418 Cumulative miles hiked: 2148 Miles hiked today: 14.82 Elevation: 6455 High/low temp humidity: Spinning on the turntable: Coldplay: Everyday Life Hiking through a burnout section isn’t the most exciting thing in the...

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PCT: Day 209

PCT: Day 209

Day: 209 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1403 Cumulative miles hiked: 2134 Miles hiked today: 13.74 Elevation: 3031 High/low temp humidity: 89/57/15 Spinning on the turntable: Diana Krall: Sunflower The trail behind me (North) has been closed due to a forest...

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PCT: Day 208: Slackpackimg

PCT: Day 208: Slackpackimg

Day: 208 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1390 Cumulative miles hiked: 2109 Miles hiked today: 4.49 Elevation: 5566 High/low temp/Humidity : 77/53/15 Spinning on the turntable: Glen Campbell: Live at the Royal festival hall Today was a easy slack pack kind of...

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PCT: Day 206: Reunited

PCT: Day 206: Reunited

Day: 206 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1385.7 Cumulative miles hiked: 2105 Miles hiked today: 8.41 Elevation: 5518 High/low temp/humidity : 77/57/20 Spinning on the turntable: Morrisey: I am not a dog on a chain My home for a night Today I’m headed into Quincy...

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PCT: Day 205: That’s a mighty big hill

PCT: Day 205: That’s a mighty big hill

Day: 205 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1367.8 Cumulative miles hiked: 2096 Miles hiked today: 10.43 Elevation: 6644 High/low temp/humidity : 82/59/10 Spinning on the turntable: The Cranberries: No need to argue I spent yesterday preparing for the hike today....

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PCT: Day 203: The heat!

It’s really hot and I’m really hungry on this stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail. Making a stop in Belden to add snacks and hot food!

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PCT: Day 199: Going solo

PCT: Day 199: Going solo

I’m back on the Pacific Crest Trail, headed south as a solo hiker. It wasn’t our plan, we thought Noelle would continue hiking. It just is.

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Day 196 1/2?

Noelle here: Over the last few days I’ve taken two regional buses and three Greyhound buses to get within an hour of some friends, where they picked me up. I don’t know what I was thinking and why I forgot about airplanes. But I guess because I had to take the little...

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PCT:Day 196

PCT:Day 196

Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1303.3 Cumulative miles hiked: 2042 Miles hiked today: 6.58 Elevation: 5400 High/low temp/humidity : 89/62/20 Spinning on the turntable: Noelle here: Today’s hiking was a lot better for me! We discovered the keys: bear, cool...

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PCT:Day 195

PCT:Day 195

Day: 195 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1297.6 Cumulative miles hiked: 2035 Miles hiked today: 6.58 Elevation: 6626 High/low temp/humidity : 89/62/20 Spinning on the turntable: Toby Mac: Eye on it I wish I could say that today was a better day for hiking for...

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PCT: Day 194

PCT: Day 194

Day: 194 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1291 Cumulative miles hiked: 2029 Miles hiked today: 4.6 Elevation: 6231 High/low temp/humidity 89/62/25 Spinning on the turntable: Young the Giant: Young the Giant 10th anniversary Today was not a good hiking day for...

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PCT: Day 193

PCT: Day 193

Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1284.9 Cumulative miles hiked: 2024 Miles hiked today: 7.97 Elevation: 4912’ High/low temp/humidity : 85/59/25 Spinning on the turntable: Bruce Springsteen: Letter to you Our friends Mark/Claire drove down to Old Station from...

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Pacific Crest Trail: Act 2

Pacific Crest Trail: Act 2

Pacific Crest Trail: Act 2 is about the Sierra Mountain Range & John Muir Trail. Our backpacks are loaded & we’re ready. July 1st is the day!

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Check Out our PCT Oregon section

Read more about our Pacific Crest Trail thru hike by clicking to go the Oregon section.  We didn’t see any rattlesnakes here, but there are a ton of lava fields to cross over.  Plus mountains and lakes and so many deer. Good friends along the way made the trail so much fun.  And Crater Lake, what beauty.  After months in California, Steve flew through Oregon!  His legs were like chiseled marble and he was looking mighty fine (can you tell Noelle is typing this?!) At the Bridge of the Gods, family came to meet us and then we got to go home for a week!  Oregon’s a great section of the PCT, don’t miss it.

We hope you’re enjoying our adventure and making plans for your own!