How Bad Can The Sierra Be?
F*** The Fear Mongers
June 19th, 2023 – Kennedy Meadows
As I walked up to the Kennedy Meadows General Store, it looked nothing like in the movie “Wild”. It was a road walk to get to the General Store which was a small building on a large dirt lot with small fluffy dogs running around. This was it. A major milestone after completing 700 miles of the desert, it was finally over. I could hear shouting and clapping in the distance from the other hikers who were already here. The shouting and clapping is a tradition for PCT hikers as it signifies the end of the desert, but is it the start of the Sierra? The place looked empty to be honest. It seems that entering the Sierra section has been the unpopular choice for most hikers. People are flipping north to Chester to continue NoBo or they are heading to the northern terminus to then go SoBo.
I am choosing to enter the Sierra section to see it with my own eyes. First major task, Mt. Whitney, then, the highest official point on the PCT, Forester Pass. I am taking the Sierra section in small bite sized chunks just like the concept on how to eat and elephant. One bite at a time.
Back of the Line
Today, as I write this from Lone Pine, CA, the hikers have thinned out. Could we be at the back of the hiking season or are people still flipping to avoid all the snow? All I know is that I need to see it for myself. In my mind, the Sierra section is an unsolvable problem. If I am going to get the most out of the PCT this year, I will need to enter the Sierra to see the obstacles and solve them for myself. This section is where I will be tested the most, gain new skills, and come to terms with my own abilities. Lets f***ing goooooo!!!!
This website contains affiliate links, which means The Trek may receive a percentage of any product or service you purchase using the links in the articles or advertisements. The buyer pays the same price as they would otherwise, and your purchase helps to support The Trek's ongoing goal to serve you quality backpacking advice and information. Thanks for your support!
To learn more, please visit the About This Site page.