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

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jun 15th, 2008
Start: mile 700.8--Kennedy Meadows
End: 716.7 Monache Meadows
Daily Distance: 11.2
Trip Distance: 727.9
Hours Hiked: 5
Daily Ascent: 2420
Daily Descent: 620
Min Elevation: 6080
Max Elevation: 8390

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 525
Journal Visits: 62,355
Guestbook Views: 3,996
Guestbook Entrys: 23

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A friend & I at the General Store

heading north once more

We had planned to leave KM on the 14th, but got a little distracted by a shopping trip to Ridge Crest, followed by Saturday night potluck dinner at the general store. Our plan was to leave in the afternoon, and the girls did, followed by three of the guys in the early evening. Vic & I hung around for the dinner, but when it was clear that neither of us would be ready to leave that night, we opted to stick around for Sunday morning pancake breakfast. Soon after making our decision, two hikers who had left that morning came back. They had run into the fire that was burning just north of the meadow--we'd been seeing smoke for 2 days. It was a naturally lit fire, so the fire fighters are letting it burn, but keeping an eye on it. It had flared up in the afternoon and both these hikers and those in our party who had left earlier had turned back, some to return to KM and our five to camp at the Kern River. This meant they were only 5 miles ahead of us. After pancake breakfast today, Vic and I took off, trying to get through the fire area before the mid-afternoon flare-ups. We passed through safely-it's amazing, we've been through freezing snow, driving winds, and now the middle of a forest fire!

We camped near the South Fork Kern River, about 11 miles into our day. It was awesome to see so much water after there being so little elsewhere. Our campsite, in an attempt to escape both the mosquitos and the herd of other hikers, was up on some large rocks above the river. We stargazed & finally tucked in for a late & cold night.

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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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