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Begins: Apr 29, 2008
Date: Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Start: 849.9 Evolution Creek Crossing
End: 871.0 base of Bear Ridge
Daily Distance: 21.1
Trip Distance: 892.1
Hours Hiked: 15
Daily Ascent: 3010
Daily Descent: 3180
Min Elevation: 7890
Max Elevation: 10900
Entry Visits: 455
Journal Visits: 62,377
Guestbook Views: 3,996
Guestbook Entrys: 23
Hot Springs... or not
So, some of our friends had heard that there was a natural hot spring at Muir Trail Ranch, about 7 miles from where we had camped. Hot springs....so tempting to sore hiking muscles & tired feet. We decided to check them out, although it meant a detour off-trail & a steep climb back to the trail. Hot springs were our goal & we left our camp in cheerful spirits, determined to make it there by lunch time.
Our ford of Evolution Creek was not as bad as expected. The water was ~mid-thigh deep and very cold, but there was a shallower place to cross about 20 feet upstream from the ford. One of the guys found it & only went in to his knees. Vic, following him in almost the same place, was wet to his hips. Apparently the shallow place is very narrow.
We set off down canyon, playing 20 Questions, which is particularly amusing while hiking, because in a line of four people it is guaranteed that at least one will not hear either the question or the response, prompting such dialogues as:
"Is it a president from the 1800's?"
"No, we already said it was alive today!"
As we approached the trail ranch, we became a little apprehensive. It was the middle of the day already, so it was plenty hot, and the directions to the springs were a little sketchy at best. We debated whether or not to go, but finally opted to risk it. Unfortunately when we got down the trail to the springs, we realized it required a river fording, a tough one. So instead of hot springs we ate lunch & started the steep climb back to the PCT & up Selden Pass.
I was really tired climbing Selden--disappointing since it is supposed to be the easiest of the high passes. When I got to the top, everyone else had waited, taking a snack break, and we headed down together. We camped at the base of Bear Ridge, after meeting up with Beautiful & Gorgeous ~ 7 pm at a creek crossing. They told us the twins were ahead, and it turned out, although we didn't know it at the time, that they had camped just 1/4 miles ahead of us.
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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