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Miss Potatohead
City: Portland
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 29, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Apr 24th, 2008
Start: Mile 8--Hauser Mountain
End: Mile 19.2--Lake Morena
Daily Distance: 11.2
Trip Distance: 30.4
Hours Hiked: 7
Daily Ascent: 1690
Daily Descent: 1735
Min Elevation: 2320
Max Elevation: 3495
Breaks: 4
People Met: 4

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Border view from Mt. Hauser


I fell asleep faster than I thought I would, but was woken up soon after by a group of illegal immigrants passing through. Apparently my "spur trail" was actually an immigration pathway. The night was cold, but I managed to sleep ok anyway. When I woke up, the air was freezing! I thought that I was pretty lucky to have found a protected campsite--two people I had passed earlier in the evening had set up camp on an exposed rock on a ridge below Hauser. I had a protein bar for breakfast--could barely eat all of it. The bars require a lot of water intake, so it's hard to eat a lot when trying to conserve water. I knew there was not much water to be had on the trail, but there was literally only one stream with water in it, and that only because of a hole dug into it. I didn't take any because I knew I had enough or at least that I could make do. I reached Hauser Creek, seven miles north, at 10:30, and took a "lunch" break in the shade. Creek was dry. Next was Morena Butte--a steep uphill climb. 300 feet in 1.5 miles. Lots of switch-backing in the sun. I took it slow and rested in the shade whenever possible. When I got to Hauser Creek earlier, I had considered staying there until the afternoon heat was gone, but since it was only 10:30, I figured I could hike for another hour--hopefully enough time to get over the exposed south side of the butte. It took me a long time. Including my lunch break at the creek bed, it was probably a full hour-45 minutes later when I reached the pass and another dry creek bed with shade. By that time the sun was hot and I had about a liter of water left and 2 1/2 miles to go. The breeze was cooling, thank goodness. I took my time on the descent, and got into Lake Morena at about 2 pm. Spent an hour talking trail, then another setting up the food service tent--one of those huge metal pipe ones with approx. 500 parts. I got in a shower eventually & made dinner, then headed over to the Pavillion for "Trail Jeopardy". Bed after a slideshow from 2006 hikers.

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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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