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

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Aug 7th, 2007
Start: White Pass
End: Andersons Lake
Daily Distance: 25.3
Trip Distance: 2,158.9

Journal Stats
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White Pass to Anderson Lake

Back on the trail, we quickly caught up to a lone female hiker, Last Cookie. We walked and talked with her for awhile and eventually, our pace a little faster, left her behind. We encountered a number of people southbound, all of them looking a bit bedraggled and the morning mist was heavy and wet, but appeared to be lifting. I felt optimistic, unduly so it turned out, that the sky would brighten and the sun would come as the day wore on. Instead, after some initial brightening, the mist became heavy and laden with water droplets picking up moisture throughout the day. We passed beautiful lakes swirling in white just as I remembered on past visits to Scotland. At one point we saw blue sky in the distance but it quickly disappeared and the heavy fog returned and settled on us with a vengeance. We were in a very wet cloud in white-out conditions—everything was wet, especially our shoes and socks. All day we alternated between sweating up hills and freezing descending them. Six o’clockish, we arrived at Anderson Lake, with one off-trail campsite and a dry spot under a tree that had clearly been vacated recently. It was a very pretty place, magical, draped in fog and hidden from the world. We set up our tent and Kerry started a fire where we stood for more than an hour drying out our wet socks and pants. Inside the tent, we fell asleep to the sound of raindrops falling on the tent from the trees above.

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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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