Subway Cave Campground to Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery
Yep it was hike naked day on the summer solstice. So for all you hikers out there that partook of the opportunity congratulations!
Tom and I got a 4:45 am start hauling 4 liters of water to hike the infamous Hat Creek Rim. It is a dry waterless 28 mile section that takes the hiker high above Hat Creek following a plateau. The morning was cool and glorious. Much of the terrain had old burn, which gave way to a plethora of wildflowers. I enjoyed views of both Lassen Peak and Mount Shasta for a good part of the day.
The trail was often rocky with volcanic rock. Hard on the feet and easy to trip. This also is a cow area and I spent a good part of day dodging cow pies.
17 miles into the rim there was an amazing water cache. I chugged 2 liters of water before leaving the little piece of heaven. Thank you!!!
A strong breeze abated the often oppressive afternoon sun. This was a God sent for me. It was a very LONG day. Tomorrow I will be entering Burney Falls. This is an area I am excited to see. I am looking forward to hiking only 12 miles, sleeping in a bit (5:30), and having a plethora of water available. I drank 8 liters of water today! Oh and I am pretty sure the area we are camping at is a day use only at the fish hatchery. All is I know is there is water, a bathroom, garbage can, and a picnic table. What more could a girl ask for?