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State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 1, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Aug 10th, 2003
Start: Thielsen Creek
End: Maidu Lake
Daily Distance: 13
Trip Distance: 103.8

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Mt. Thielsen in the morning

Thielsen Creek to Maidu Lake

The next day, we slept late and after breakfast said “goodbye” to Staff who would return to North Crater Lake Trailhead. We took off at 9:30 a.m. to the north and our day’s destination, Maidu Lake. Although we didn’t cover a great distance, it turned out to be our hardest day: perhaps we over did it the day before and we were not yet in shape. We suffered all the aches and pains of using unused muscles and our exertions from the first day caught up with us in spades. By the time we got to Maidu Lake, all I wanted to do was get off my feet and sleep!

Maidu Lake was a beautiful lake less frequently visited now by PCT hikers since the most recent iteration of the trail bypasses this little lake by almost a mile (or two, roundtrip). Consequently, we had the lake to ourselves. Maidu is the name of an Indian tribe from the Sierra Nevada region of California—I have no idea how it came to be given this name. It is the source of the North Umpqua River, something that was not obvious from looking at it. In fact, I don’t recall seeing the outlet but the lake was teaming with bugs. There were damsel flies, dragonflies and mosquitoes that might have been bothersome but for the wind, which stayed strong enough to keep them at bay. We also saw a lot of bird life including a great blue heron and in the morning, I saw a hawk-like bird soar gently over the lake and into the treetops.

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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:


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