Another smoky day in paradise. I stopped at the Ranger Station to take a few pictures, use the toilet and poke around a little. I saw a water tank and pump set up on a ledge behind the cabin, tank was full, have to pack water from the river – humph.
Bridge Creek campground, five miles from High Bridge, was an interesting spot. An official campsite, limited permits available, must have been five or more acres with several buildings and a semi permanent packer station, running water and several vault toilets. It is on the Stehekin Valley Rd, and looks to me to be able to hold a hundred hikers without anyone getting crowded. It is hard to say how many hikers per day come through here; I doubt it is more than 25 though. Maybe there are more hikers at times than what I see now.
The rest of the ride was pretty much through the smoke, not much to see. I did come across a broken bridge where three Forest Service employees were just getting started building a replacement, all with hand tools. I would have like to stay and help, moving the support logs into place with hand lines and rigging would be something to see.
Trail data: milepost; 2569-2589, miles ridden; 20.6, trail time; 6:46, average speed; 3.0, minimum elevation; 1519, maximum elevation; 4864, total ascent; 5195, total descent; 1852
Total miles: PCT; 2077, Ridden; 2165