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

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jul 21st, 2008
Start: mile 1335.8--Chester
End: mile 1354.2--Drakesbad Guest Ranch
Daily Distance: 18.4
Trip Distance: 1,372.6
Hours Hiked: 9
Daily Ascent: 2050
Daily Descent: 1460
Min Elevation: 4990
Max Elevation: 6100

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 469
Journal Visits: 65,438
Guestbook Views: 4,034
Guestbook Entrys: 23

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Geyser near Drakesbad

By far the best food on the trail

We left Chester at 9 am, aiming for Drakesbad Guest Ranch, 18 miles away, by dinner time. The hike was pretty mellow--a lot of shady, gradual climbs up ridges. Circle & Paranoia & I ran into a pair of newlywed thru-hikers for lunch at a creek with a really pretty bridge.

The afternoon went by quickly, too, and before we knew it, we were at the turn-off to Terminal Geyser. The geyser was a great side trip--only 1/4 mile off the trail and an impressive sight. The geyser formed a bowl in a steep hillside, with the trail leading up to it. It was all boulders with steam rising in a giant cloud & a hot creek emerging from it. I could hear the pressurized steam leaking out as we approached it. The three of us stayed there for almost half an hour before we realized by the light of the setting sun that it was getting to be evening; time to rush ahead to Drakesbad for dinner. On our way to the ranch, we passed by Boiling Pond--another geothermically active area, with a steaming blue sulfur pond & accompanying mud holes. Very cool.

Arriving at Drakesbad was like being a celebrity. The owners love hikers; I was welcomed with a hug in spite of being unexpected for dinner & all sweaty/dirty from the trail. The food is top-notch & all the service staff was very friendly. They even sneaked us second helpings! After an amazing meal of spinach salad with blueberry-kiwi-pineapple dressing, turkey, mashed potatoes & sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and zucchini/summer squash pastry, we had peanut-butter & chocolate mousse with frost topping it. By far the best food on the trail & some of the best in my life.

After dinner, we were given towels & soap and directed to the resort's showers & hot spring pool. Getting clean & relaxing my sore muscles in the hot pool was wonderful. We stayed at the campground outside the resort. Much cheaper & a pleasant place.

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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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