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Jason "Space Cowboy" Bobier
City: San Francisco
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 15, 2007
Date: Sun, Jun 24th, 2007
Start: North side of Forester Pass
End: Rae Lakes
Daily Distance: 12.2
Trip Distance: 827.5
Entry Visits: 803
Journal Visits: 84,195
Guestbook Views: 7,286
Guestbook Entrys: 143
Glen Pass to Rae Lakes
We woke to ice in the water bladder this morning. Brrrr..it's hard to get out of bed in the morning when it's that cold. I think this may take some getting used to after the desert. Glen pass was the pass for this day -- another hard one that felt much steeper than Forester. I got the same strange mix of feelings as we neared the top -- excitement, relief and anticipation. Excitement that I was able to actually mentally and physically complete the pass. Relief that it was almost over. And anticipation for what was on the other side.
Once over the top, we had views of Rae Lakes. As we started walking through this section, I was left pretty speechless by how amazing it was. It had lush green grass poking out from every rock and nearly every color of wildflower with large clear lakes that we could see straight to the bottom. All of this was surrounded by the large granite painted walls of Glen Pass. As soon as we passed a campsite, I knew we had to stay even with only 12 miles in for the day. The site was right next to the lake and golden trout were jumping everywhere. It almost sounded like popcorn being made.
Jason and I had dinner listening and watching this while our friends, Munchkin and D-Bone, walked by on another trail. Turns out this other trail was the PCT. Somehow we had both gotten off on the wrong trail and, if we hadn't decided to camp, would have gone who knows how far out of our way. As it turns out, we only went a few yards. :-)
Whew! Glen Pass was tough for me. It was a very pretty pass to summit, but I didn't really get my legs today. We went up the pass with a hiker named Hoov who I chatted with the entire way, which made the time fly a bit more.
The view of Rae Lakes when we finally reached the top was stunning. Going down, I postholed a few times through a couple of snow fields and then stumbled and slid down a few feet to the path at a switchback. I didn't hurt myself, but it reminded me of the possible dangers.
As we made our way down into the Rae Lakes area, it felt like we were descending into some kind of fairyland. The splashes of wildflower color, crystal clear lakes, and the incredible amount of fish jumping out of the lake seemed almost surreal. It even had swarms of fairies. The small biting kind.
Pacific Crest Trail 2007
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
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