Agua Dulce, CA to South Lake Tahoe, CA [Mile 1094]

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I was so thrilled to see the southbound hiker coming my way. I was eager for any morsel of information about the upcoming trail condition.

“Hi!! What is the snow like on the other side of this pass?”

I crossed my fingers and hoped it would be clear of snow.

“It’s pretty snowy on the north face.”

He paused for a moment, and looked at me before adding, “Do you know how to ski?”

And, just like that, I entered the snowy wonderland of the Sierras. It is a place where the trail disappears and you are left with snowy, steep paths zig-zagging off the mountain.

Many moons and miles have passed since I last blogged. The latest section of the PCT has crossed 3 National Parks (Yosemite, King’s Canyon and Sequoia) and it has been remote with very little internet access.

We have crossed the desert, encountered snow in the high Sierra passes, climbed Mt Whitney, completed the John Muir Trail, and hiked across marshy mosquito-infested meadows.

It hasn’t been easy, but the sights and feelings of accomplishment has made it all worth it.

I am happy, alive, and tired.

Here are the sights of this amazing trail:

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**Thanks to Estero, who taught me how to stop fearing the snow.

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12 thoughts on “Agua Dulce, CA to South Lake Tahoe, CA [Mile 1094]

  1. Darius Russell

    Wow, Acorn!! Your (and Estero’s) Pacific Crest Trail adventures are truly epic!! So glad see and hear another post (was starting to wonder?!!)

    Glad you guys are ecstatically enjoying (you both always seem to be smiling on this hearty trek!) this Adventure Of A Lifetime.

    SO happy for you both (you, or the both of you should definitely lead a classroom session at Trail Days next year (this year was GREAT by the way.))

    Continued epic excitement on your journey–Great Pics!! Have (still more) fun,

    Darius

  2. Randy Ruble

    Great job, Acorn! Should be heading to the JMT soon. Godspeed! Randy, aka “Shady”

  3. Love the photos! Happy hiking and can’t wait for the next update.

  4. Love the updates, and the photos. Most people have no idea that there is such incredible beauty in the US. I’m living in Vermont (this year), and hiking as many mountains as I can. You inspire us!

  5. Jill Wood

    Love all the photos, they truly say it all. I can not leave without mentioning your ever present amazing smile. It tells me you are enjoying every minute of these adventures. Keep doing what you are doing.

  6. Lucinda

    Hi. I hope you still frequent your blog because I have a question! Did you size up with your Altra’s for the trail, or did you rock the size you normally wear?

    Thanks!
    Lucinda

    • Sorry! Just logging in for the first time in ages. I sized up, but I like my hiking shoes to be huge. I looooved the Altras, and the new lone peaks seem even more rugged (had some issues with the shoes falling apart too quick in the Sierras). Hope you like them!

      Acorn

  7. Sophie

    It seems like the two of you have been having a great time! I can’t help but wonder, have you finished?

    • Sophie –

      I was at the annual ALDHA Gathering (Appalachian Long Distance Hiking Assoc.) in Williamstown, MA a month ago and had a quick conversation in passing with a hiker who goes by the trail name, “Chuck Norris”, and he said mentioned he knows Acorn, and that she and Estero did finish maybe in late September or so. Apparently they’re getting settled out West somewhere (that girl’s been hiking for over a year–must be tough to finally have to get off the trail and settled back into Real Life.)

      But, I don’t know: I had a small package of snacks and goodies returned to me last week that I had mailed out to Acorn and Estero at her last listed mail drop in Stehekin, WA well before the Sept. 9 ETA she had listed, so if they did finish maybe they had to really Bust-A-Move and put the hammer down and do some miles.

      But your right, it would be nice if Acorn would give we faithful readers the final chapter. Maybe she’s working again now and might have time over the holidays….

    • Yep! We finished Sept 23rd! Just got settled down in Denver, and will update my blog tonight 🙂
      Acorn

  8. You are definitely a person who loves mountains. Your blogs have been inspiring. You found your love of the outdoors, and apparently the love of your life. Thank you for sharing. The pictures are magnificent. I hope you find a way to bring some aspect of this in to your career. Cheers!

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