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

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jul 22nd, 2008
Start: mile 1354.2 Drakesbad
End: 1373.4 Plantation Loop Rd
Daily Distance: 19.2
Trip Distance: 1,392.6
Hours Hiked: 10
Daily Ascent: 1230
Daily Descent: 1920
Min Elevation: 4980
Max Elevation: 6710

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 334
Journal Visits: 62,370
Guestbook Views: 3,996
Guestbook Entrys: 23

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Lower Twin Lake

Dancing to my i-Pod

In the morning, I opted to hit the guest ranch again for breakfast; the waitress had tempted me the night before with descriptions of oatmeal & fresh fruit & scones. I didn't require much tempting! Of course it lived up to all expectations, and it was great to see our hosts again. The ranch is very family-oriented & everyone feels at home.

With a full stomach, we hit the trail via a short-cut leading up the cliffs behind the ranch. After climbing up and over a ridge, the trail dropped into a creek canyon with a confusing trail junction. The PCT leads into what looks like a large campsite, then crosses the creek, but a side trail cuts up into the slope--a much more expected place for the trail to go. In a confused state of mind, I sat down, consulted maps & quickly found my way. Circle was not so lucky; she hiked 2 miles up to a lake before figuring out she was off-track. From the creek, I used my i-Pod for the first time on the trail. Wow, it was so much fun! I danced to the music as I climbed up a hill, then climbed around a few low knolls before dropping for lunch to Lower Twin Lake. After the lake, the environment made a drastic shift from closed-in pine & fir forests with lots of water to very open, arid pine & oak flats. We crossed Badger Flats Creekbed--dry. The data book lists this as a water source, so we had expected to get water there for the next 6-7 miles. Instead, we were lucky there was a side trail loop in 2 miles that led to Hat Creek at a horse camp. Even though it added on 1/3 mile to the PCT route, we had to detour for water. It turns out to be a really pretty campsite, right next to the creek, which is quite large & fast-flowing. I ate dinner there, then did the last 4 miles through a pine plantation to a campsite near Hat Creek lower down, between a road & the creek.

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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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