Distance hiked today: 27.6 miles / 44.4 km.
Hellooooooo Oregon! Sorry California, you are DONE. It's been 99 days, from the dry southern desert, to the majestic Sierra mountains, to the Cascade mountain range and burned forests of Nor Cal. From the first fresh days on trail, to becoming full hiker trash - it's been amazing. But finally, a new state.
Reaching Oregon is an exciting landmark, one that hikers talk about for days before finally seeing the sign. It's a sign of progress - we're getting farther North. But while it feels like the finish line is getting closer, I remind myself that I still have almost 1,000 miles to go…
I could still see Mount Shasta this morning, which is now to the south. My legs got more tired than usual from the long uphill. It seemed to never end and I was feeling 'blah' about it.
In the afternoon I got to the Donomore Cabin, built in the 1930s and being maintained a bit by some locals. There's a couple cots inside, chairs, a hiker log, and I'd just missed some trail magic that was here over the past few days. There was also a little mouse running around.
Just a mile past the cabin is the Oregon border - just a sign in the woods, but exciting nonetheless!
The afternoon had some nice views, and while I'd planned to camp by a dirt road, it turned out that the camping was half a mile down a side road. After some debate, I decided to head down with some other hikers from Canada and Oregon in hopes of better tent sites. It turned out to not really be worth it, it was more of a stock camp with poop everywhere and rotting tables. But the shelter was cool, and we found a picnic table that was in decent shape to have dinner together.
Total trail mileage: 1698.3 miles / 2732.6 km