June 18, Day 58 – Two passes in one day

Price point and honey bear and I started our day about 3 miles south of Glen Pass. I got out of camp around 7 after waiting for the rain to stop. It sprinkled on me a bit as I climbed but the clouds didn’t show signs of lightning so I kept going. Once over the pass, I tried to save my knees by taking it slow down to Rae Lakes, our first break spot. We stopped there for a snack and I went swimming. The water was warmer than the last few lakes and felt really good. After our break, I got in front of them and didn’t see them for the rest of the day. I tend to go pretty fast downhill and we had a long walk to the bottom of the valley. I didn’t take any breaks over the next 7 miles. I wanted to get to the bottom before lunch. The menu for lunch had Mexican rice with cheddar cheese, beef jerky, cheezits and some Taco Bell hot sauce. It was amazing. This meal powered me up the 7 miles and 3700′ of climbing ahead. I felt good and knocked it out in under 4 hours. I was a little skeptical if I was going to be able to do it as the clouds swirled overhead but about the time I got above tree line, the clouds parted and the sun came out for the first time since I went swimming. Once over the pass, I cruised 4 miles downhill to my campsite for the night.

The Sierras are known for their mountain passes on the PCT. Most people just do 1 a day since they are so grueling but because we were so close to the first one of the day I decided to push on. I won’t do 2 again in a day, mostly due to logistics and how far apart some of them are. They provide amazing views and are worth the hard work of climbing over them.

Miles: 22.8 Total Miles: 811.3

Rae Lakes beneath Glen Pass
Looking north coming down from Pinchot Pass

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