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PCT 2016 #2-2

Mammoth Lakes to Ashland
6-24-16 to 8-12-16
823.0 mi   19.9 mi/day
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Start Point: Mammoth Lakes
Trail access desc: .3mi trail + 16mi road (bus available)
Guidebook start location: Reds Meadow Trail
Depart: 6-24-16 (Fri)

Plan Overview Notes:
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1. Mammoth Lakes to Northern Kennedy Meadows  (5.9 days)
6-24-16 to 6-30-16

111.7 mi
16,876 ft EG
18.9 mi/day
2,859 ft/day

CA guidebook:H I

Adjustments: none
Northern Kennedy Meadows resupply exit    
Exit pt:  via Highway 108 crossing (Sonora Pass)
Detour:  9.1mi road

Arrive:  6-29-16 (Wed)
Layover:     0.1 days     
Depart:  6-30-16 (Thu)

Cumulative distance: 111.7 mi

PCT 907
PCT 1019

Leave Mammoth Lakes with 6 Days supplies

Couple options. Hitch 11 miles West to K. Meadows North or roughly 30 miles East to Walker or Bridgeport. KM sounds okay - have dorms and showers. Better resupply in Bridgeport but tough hitch.

No Zero here

2. Northern Kennedy Meadows to South Lake Tahoe  (3.7 days)
6-30-16 to 7-5-16

74.7 mi
7,350 ft EG
20.0 mi/day
1,971 ft/day

CA guidebook:J

Adjustments: none
South Lake Tahoe resupply exit    
Exit pt:  via Highway 50 crossing
Detour:  12.0mi road

Arrive:  7-3-16 (Sun)
Layover:     1.3 days     
Depart:  7-5-16 (Tue)

Cumulative distance: 186.4 mi

PCT 1019
PCT 1095

Leave NKM with 4 Days of foood.

Major resupply stop. Yogi recommends hitching from Echo Lake -
hitching on the highway is tough (and probably illegal).

Can dump bear can here or Sierra City heading north. Ship it home!

3. South Lake Tahoe to Sierra City  (5.4 days)
7-5-16 to 7-12-16

107.6 mi *
11,211 ft EG
19.9 mi/day
2,074 ft/day

CA guidebook:J K L

 * Adjustments:
+3.0 mi extra distance

Sierra City resupply exit    
Exit pt:  Highway 49 crossing
Detour:  1.4mi road

Arrive:  7-10-16 (Sun)
Layover:     1.6 days     
Depart:  7-12-16 (Tue)

Cumulative distance: 294.0 mi

PCT 1095
PCT 1195

Leave Lake Tahoe with 5 Days food.

Take the detour trail into town at PCT 1195.

Zero Day

4. Sierra City to Belden  (4.7 days)
7-12-16 to 7-17-16

91.6 mi
10,876 ft EG
19.6 mi/day
2,326 ft/day

CA guidebook:M

Adjustments: none
Belden resupply exit    
Exit pt:  (on trail)
Detour:  on trail

Arrive:  7-16-16 (Sat)
Layover:     0.3 days     
Depart:  7-17-16 (Sun)

Cumulative distance: 385.6 mi

PCT 1195
PCT 1290

Leave SC with 5 Days food.

Beldon has cabins but no hotels. Just resupply - next zero is Chester.

5. Belden to Highway 36  (2.5 days)
7-17-16 to 7-21-16

46.6 mi
6,925 ft EG
19.0 mi/day
2,820 ft/day

CA guidebook:M N

Adjustments: none
Highway 36 exit    
Exit pt:  Highway 36 crossing

Arrive:  7-19-16 (Tue)
Layover:     1.5 days     
Depart:  7-21-16 (Thu)

Cumulative distance: 432.2 mi

PCT 1290
PCT 1335/1328.8

Leave Beldon with 2 days food.

Chester is 8 miles north on 36. Hitch to Chester and Zero day!

6. Highway 36 to Mt. Shasta City  (8.3 days)
7-21-16 to 7-31-16

170.7 mi
12,862 ft EG
20.6 mi/day
1,549 ft/day

CA guidebook:N O

Adjustments: none
Mt. Shasta City resupply exit    
Exit pt:  Interstate 5 crossing
Detour:  14.1mi road

Arrive:  7-29-16 (Fri)
Layover:     1.7 days     
Depart:  7-31-16 (Sun)

Cumulative distance: 602.9 mi

PCT 1329
PCT 1371 (Old Station)
PCT 1498

Leave Chester with full load - 6 Days food.

Minor resupply and restaurants in Old Station, on PCT 1371

Shasta Shuttle (Taxi) will pick up at I5 exit 726 (where the PCT crosses I5). 14 Miles North to Shasta. Full service.

7. Mt. Shasta City to Etna  (4.7 days)
7-31-16 to 8-6-16

99.8 mi
11,144 ft EG
21.0 mi/day
2,349 ft/day

CA guidebook:P

 * Adjustments:
2.5 mi pace
9 hours/day
15 minutes added per eg comp

Etna resupply exit    
Exit pt:  Sawyers Bar Road
Detour:  10.4mi road

Arrive:  8-4-16 (Thu)
Layover:     1.3 days     
Depart:  8-6-16 (Sat)

Cumulative distance: 702.7 mi

PCT 1498
PCT 1597

Leave Shasta with 5 Days food.

Etna is highly rated hiker town. Full service. Tough hitch (11 miles) but worth it. Will need a new canister here - should be okay.

8. Etna to Ashland  (6.1 days)
8-6-16 to 8-12-16

120.3 mi
14,167 ft EG
19.6 mi/day
2,310 ft/day

CA guidebook:Q R

Adjustments: none
Ashland finish    
Exit pt:  Interstate 5 crossing
Detour:  13.0mi road

Arrive:  8-12-16 (Fri)

Cumulative distance: 823.0 mi

PCT 1597
PCT 1662 (Seiad Valley)
PCT 1716 (Callahans/Ashland)

Can resupply at Seiad Valley (PCT goes right through). Leave Etna with 3-4 Days worth of food. Get another 3-4 days worth in Seiad Valley.

Ashland is a 12 mile hitch from Callahans. May elect to just stay at Callahans.

Mammoth Lakes to Ashland
6-24-16 to 8-12-16 (1.6 months)
(northbound hike)

days walking

on trail layover days

in town layover days
(6.0 in town "zero" days)

Total days
Total months

without layovers:
19.9 mi/day

2,211 ft/day

with layovers:
16.8 mi/day

1,861 ft/day

Base Distance:
820.0 mi

Extra Distance:
3.0 mi

Total Distance:
823.0 mi

Base Elevation gain:
91,411 ft

Extra EG:
0 ft

Total Elevation gain:
91,411 ft

Resupply count:

Plan Considerations:
If you are planning a longer hike, the plan above might be incredibly accurate or completely off. You might find that after a month of hiking your pace will change. You might find out that you are a Secret Superman (or Wonder Woman) and are knocking out a lot more miles per day than you planned. On the downside, a forest fire might add a +10 mile detour or a sore foot might cause you to spend a few extra days in a town.

Disclaimer: all calculations and data are believed to be correct but are not guaranteed.
Please double check the calculations and trail/resupply data before starting a hike.