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City: Crescent City
Begins: Jul 17, 2003
Date: Mon, Jul 28th, 2003
Start: Goat Rocks Wilderness
End: Lutz Lake
Daily Distance: 22
Trip Distance: 279.0
Daily Ascent: 4030
Daily Descent: 4340
Entry Lat: 46.552486
Entry Lng: -121.420898
Entry Visits: 2,435
Journal Visits: 19,232
Guestbook Views: 927
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Mt. Rainier From Goat Rocks Wilderness
That's right, only 22 miles! But first last night.
So, as I drift off to sleep, I hear this loud snap of a breaking branch. OK, I make a mental note. Again, less than a minute later, but much closer. Turn adrenaline on. I sit up with flashlight & hiking poles ready. On cue I hear it again, this time with the crunching of all twigs under foot, I'm sure it's a bear. I turn on the light in its direction & there it is, 20 feet away leering in my direction over a fallen tree. I yell, "hey bear" & clank my poles together. It bolts. I hear it crunching off in the distance, I wait for a return, but it doesn't. Good.
The food in my food bag is safe, it's also my pillow.
If that's not enough, some time later while I'm sound asleep, I'm woken abruptly by the sound of large hooves running by. As I'm becoming coherent, I yell "HEY!" real loud. It was a group of elk. After I yelled they stood off in the distance and squeaked at each other.
What a Marlin Perkins night. That was a stealth camp, a couple miles from any established camp site. If it wasn't dark I would've split.
Anyway, I spent the day hiking through Goat Rocks Wilderness. It's fantastic and reminds me of the Sierras. It's way over billed for what it is. It takes less than 6 hours to walk through the dramatic portion of it. It was a tough, but beautiful walk, though.
Traversing Packwood Glacier was a complete nonevent. If you've done the Sierra passes in the snow, Packwood is nothing. I'd heard the hype and had been concerned about it.
By 5pm I was 13 miles from White Pass and would need to kill myself to get there before dark, so I called it a day by Lutz Lake saving the last 13 miles for the morning.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org