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

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, May 10th, 2008
Start: Mile 212--Mesa Wind Farm
End: Mile 226--East Fork Mission Creek
Daily Distance: 14
Trip Distance: 240.0
Hours Hiked: 11
Daily Ascent: 2370
Daily Descent: 1095
Min Elevation: 1845
Max Elevation: 3120

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 422
Journal Visits: 65,441
Guestbook Views: 4,034
Guestbook Entrys: 23

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Sunrise at Mesa Wind Farm

Everything is better...

Everything is better when I'm on the trail. This morning I walked either 8 or 9 miles, depending on whether you believe the guide book or the water report. I'd stick with the guide book--it didn't feel like 9 miles. The climb out of Gold Canyon was tough, but the view from the pass is incredible, back over the wind farm, and looking down at Teutang Canyon. On my way down, I think I must have done a dozen switchbacks at least--I kept seeing the Whitewater River, and it would look so close, and then the trail would switchback again and I would realize how far away I was. I decided not to go down to the Whitewater Preserve Station, but I ran into one of their hiking groups--lots of tourists, very friendly. Since I had enough water left from Snow Creek, I headed up the wash to Red Dome, a red-colored rocky outcrop. From there, the trail cut across the wash--a little confusing at times, but PCT posts showed the way, as well as following footprints. The trail crossed the river's two forks. I had lunch at the first & shallower one, where there is a pool deep enough to wash in. So nice & cool! The second fork is faster-moving, so I crossed it & am tucked up under a mini-tree for shade. My usual afternoon siesta. The creek being so close means that there are wonderfully cool breezes every few minutes. I'll probably stay here until 2, then head over to Mission Creek and camp alongside it.

This afternoon was a scorcher. I knew it was only 6 miles to the next water, so I drank half a liter and carried a full liter, assuming it would be enough. In the hot sun and with an 800-foot climb, it was not nearly enough. I made it last, but I was dreaming of watermelon and swimming pools and iced sodas by the time I got down to the East Fork of Mission Creek. Tonight a group of five older hikers and I are camping, about a half mile up from the first crossing. We camped early by my standards, but they are planning to be up at 4:30 am to hike in the morning. Yikes!





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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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