I quickly met a guy name Kyle who wanted to talk forever about spending a month in his car and living in Portland. He was a nice guy, and even bought me coffee, but he didn’t really get that I was in a hurry to jam through this crowded area. It’s weird–ive been to many concerts and events with huge groups of people, but I couldn’t wait to gtfo this place. Maybe it was the isolation that the trail brings.
The rest of the day was a heinous climb from ~2200 ft. to ~7000 ft. over 14 miles. It was hot and nearly unbearable, but I did it. So much for NorCal being easy.
Main Photo: A view of the Feather River in Belden with a small glimpse at the party below on July 26.