Some hikers have talked about “NorCal depression” on the PCT. By this, they mean it’s easier to become depressed by the relatively boring landscapes in NorCal, as well as the fact that you still have hundreds of miles to go before hitting Oregon, the second state of the hike. I can see where they come from, but I doubt I’ll feel this way. It may be a bit boring, but I’ll stay occupied with music, audiobooks, and daydreaming.
Main Photo: The tunnel under HWY 80 leaving Donner Summit behind on July 22.