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Split & Two Step
City: Pleasanton
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 12, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Start: Portland, Oregon
End: Etna, California
Daily Distance: 0
Daily Ascent: 0
Daily Descent: 0
Max Elevation: 2964

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 278
Journal Visits: 5,157
Guestbook Views: 21
Guestbook Entrys: 2

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Alderbrook Manor

Positioned for our start tomorrow in Etna

Positioned for our start tomorrow in Etna

We drove from Pleasanton to just outside Ashland, Oregon on Wednesday July 6th, as the first stop on our way to the Portland Dance Festival. We stayed at Callahan's, a rustic lodge that features fine dining and rooms, but also caters to Pacific Crest Trail hikers. While we were there we saw some section hikers and thru-hikers who had flipped north to allow the Sierra snows to melt, while getting some hiking miles in the lower altitudes of Northern California. They had set up their tents on the lawn and were enjoying all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinners and pancake breakfasts for a very reasonable price. We had enjoyed the same meals when we passed through on the PCT three summers ago, and had a great day relaxing again at this gem of a resort.

Then on Thursday we continued our journey to Portland and had four wonderful days dancing and visiting with friends. This morning (Monday) we started our drive back towards the Trinity Alps. Our goal for today was a Bed and Breakfast named Alderbrook Manor in Etna, CA. Again, we had stayed here on our PCT thru-hike along with a number of our hiking companions. The inn has beautiful rooms, but hikers can either camp on the lawn of the large grounds or stay in a small bunkhouse beside the inn. In a couple weeks, the main group of PCT hikers will pass through Etna, and it will be a record-size group, but today there are only a half dozen or so hikers, and just as many regular guests. In fact, two of the regular room guests were John and Sue from England who are section hiking for a couple of months. Two Step and I had fun comparing notes with them on hiking strategies.

We finished the night at Bob's Ranch House, one of the few dining facilities in the friendly town of Etna. We rode bikes down to this hiker favorite and were quickly reminded that the main feature of the meals were the size of their portions - well suited for a hungry hiker. Comfortably full, we retired to our rooms to make our final preparations for tomorrow.

Getting ready for the Trinity Alps,

Split and Two Step

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Split And Two Step's Trinity Alps Trek

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