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Ginny "Circle" Benware
Begins: May 1, 2008
Date: Tue, Sep 2nd, 2008
Start: Pond at base of Mt. Jefferson
End: Head Lake
Daily Distance: 18
Trip Distance: 1,144.4
Entry Visits: 517
Journal Visits: 79,428
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A Beautiful Day
Our skies are a bit cloudy this morning but the clouds are the thin wispy type that will burn off. Our camp last night was 2.5 miles from Russell Creek which the guide book recommends crossing before 11 a.m. The creek is a deep ravine fed by themelting Russell Glacier and it can roar in the afternoon. Since the temperatures have been so cold there isn't much chance of that today.
We have a big climb ahead of us. We camped at 5000 feet and will be going to 6900 by lunch time. We have been circling Jefferson and arrived at Scout Lake with a reflection of the mountain by 11. This is the beginning of Jefferson Park and the beautiful meadows and small lakes surrounding Jefferson. We passed the trail to Breitenbush Hot Springs near the South Frok of the Breitenbusdh River. Two thru hikers, Saurkraut and Clean Machine passed us before lunch. They are from Germany and have also hiked the AT. Beth was interested in Sauerkraut's information about trails in Europe.
By lunch time we were at the crest - 6900 ft. - Mt. Jefferson large and looming to our south and Mt. Hood a distant goal to our north. Tent drying time in the lush huckleberry field. We are actually lunching near a small berry which is a type of huckleberry called the grouse berry.
Looking over the ridge before lunch we noticed a snow field we would need to cross. The first one was not a big deal, but by the time we came to snow field number two it was a steep downhill about 300 yards to the bottom. My first one in tennis shoes. Beth did well in here hiking boots. I was tempted to glacade (sliding down on your back/butt) but instead alternately used my shoes as skis.
By late afternoon it seemed we were far from our destination. We met a couple who worked at Breitenbush Hot Springs, a cook and a massues. They caught up with us near Cigar Lake which was supposed to be easily identifiable due to its shape. There were many small lakes in this area and I didn't find it easily identifiable. Head Lake is near Olallie Lake Resort. The lake turned out to be rock bound so we gathered water and found a great camping site overlooking the lake on a bluff. Sauerkraut and Clean Machine were also camped there. We did think it a bit odd that they hadn't made it farther. Their goal was to be at Timberline Lodge for the morning brunch on Friday. Those young thru-hikers, alway hiking with their stomachs in mind.
Trekkin on, Circle
Celebrating My 60th On The PCT
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