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Begins: Apr 1, 2008
Date: Tue, Aug 2nd, 2005
Start: Year Round Creek
End: Chicken Spring Lake
Daily Distance: 21.8
Trip Distance: 1,270.4
Entry Visits: 398
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39 Yr. Round Creek to Chicken Spring Lake
The next morning we slept through the alarm and I got up at about 4:20 a.m., it was 43 degrees. By 5:30 a.m. we were back on the trail. Sisyphus was just rising.
We thought we heard horses the night before as we were coming down to Dry Creek but discounted it when we didn’t see a pack train. Then getting up this morning we heard whinnying and what sounded like a mule braying, near Gomez Meadow. Later in the day we were to come across a note pinned to a tree:
Tunnel, Little Whitney, Big Whitney areas
RC Brands on right side
Any info please call
Wes Anderson on: 760-935-4493
Wes Anderson (I presume) was a young Australian man on a chestnut horse who we passed just before Trail Junction who asked about the horses. We told him what we had seen and heard. Appreciatively, he thanked us and moved on.
Now, we were truly in the Sierra country we knew with incredibly beautiful views. We climbed mountains at least three times on this day but the mountain and meadow vistas made the walk very enjoyable. The highest temperature that Kerry read, with the watch on his wrist was 84 degrees. Most of the day, a pleasant breeze buoyed us and temperatures remained in the seventies. Eventually, we hiked 22 miles to Chicken Spring Lake at 11,236 feet. There were several groups of people there, this apparently being a logical stopping point for people coming in from Cottonwood Pass. But we don’t need much, don’t have much and were able to find a private spot off to the side around the lake. There we rinsed our shirts, socks and feet and once again slept under the stars. The lake was one of those granite bowls that appeared to hollow out the mountain to catch the rain—stark and white.
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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: www.pcta.org
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