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

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jul 23rd, 2008
Start: mile 1373.4 Plantation Loop Rd
End: mile 1392 Hat Creek Rim
Daily Distance: 18.6
Trip Distance: 1,410.6
Hours Hiked: 10
Daily Ascent: 910
Daily Descent: 1050
Min Elevation: 4360
Max Elevation: 4980

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 353
Journal Visits: 62,374
Guestbook Views: 3,996
Guestbook Entrys: 23

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Lava cave

Lava Cave

Knowing we were only 6 miles out of Old Station (and therefore a mini-mart with FOOD), Paranoia & Circle & I hiked quickly in the morning and were there by 9 am. The store owners were really friendly and offered us showers with towels, soap & all the necessities. Oddly enough, we all felt like we didn't really need them, having come from a shower at Chester & one at Drakesbad. We felt a little too clean. Instead, we stuffed ourselves with junk food--a welcome sight! I ate 1300 calories in an hour--whew!

After almost two hours of sitting outside the store chatting with a few more hikers who came in, we decided it was time to keep moving along. A lot of hikers go to the Heitmans', a trail angel house nearby. I considered it, but honestly, it's felt like since Mammoth I've been on a hiking vacation. First my family met me both there & at Tuolumne, so I had some days off, then between there & Echo Lake we were met by both Beautiful's family & Germinator's girlfriend (Deby). Then I took days at South Lake Tahoe, and between there & Sierra City we stopped at Pooh's Corner. Don't get me wrong, I've loved & appreciated every minute of it, but I'm feeling like a spoiled hiker--I just need to get back on the trail! (I think I'm feeling this way because after the Sierra's long stretches I'm not used to towns being so close together). So, I chose not to go to the Heitmans', but I heard via the trail grapevine that it was a great place to stay.

Circle & Paranoia & I hiked on to Subway Cave, a good stop for water and a hiker tourist site. The actual cave was so large & our headlamps so low-power & ultra-light, that we couldn't see much. However, we found a really cool lava cave just before crossing Highway 44. It had sunk in so that we could sit on the roof with our feet dangling over the open entrance. It was such a deep cave that the trail actually passes over it--a little nerve-wracking when I realized how thin the roof was.

Full from our store "snack", we pressed on to a highway rest stop/picnic area on Highway 44, climbing in the afternoon heat. We ate a late lunch before hitting Hat Creek Rim. As we ate, a man on horseback rode up the trail & stopped to talk with us. He is riding all the way from Kentucky, riding almost all the PCT, then circling back to Kentucky. He's been "on the trail" since February.

Although it was late afternoon, it was still HOT. I was drenched in sweat as we climbed to the rim. Even as the terrain leveled and the sun began to set, we were still hot, sweaty, dusty & grouchy for having stubbed out toes hundreds of times on inconveniently placed lava rocks. I think the metamorphic rocks must be harder than granite because I swear stubbing my toes in the Sierras did not hurt nearly as much as these did.

On the windy rim, it was hard to find a sheltered campsite, but we eventually did, hiding behind a row of oak shrubs. I was exhausted & jumped in my sleeping bag, ate lying down, and was asleep instantly when I finished.








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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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