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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
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It was a bit cooler today with some cloud cover, but the bugs were still pretty thick. The day started with a climb towards and around Mt. Thielsen (a aesthetic, spiky peak). There were some decent views back towards Crater Lake and of large Diamond Lake to the west. I caught up with Alameda Frank and a section hiker at a pretty creek on the north side of Thielsen. I stopped for a break and chat while I refilled water bottles. The talk centered around trail conditions up ahead. There are rumors about deep snow and difficult hiking in northern Oregon.
From the creek, the bugs continued and the climbing started again, soon passing a sign on a ridge proclaiming the PCT high point for Oregon and Washington at 7,560 feet. However, the alternate route along Crater Lake rim 40 miles back was slightly higher. Shortly after the sign, I passed a German couple hiking all of Oregon. They were carrying huge packs with ice axes and wearing heavy boots. I’m starting to hope I don’t regret leaving my axe and crampons at home. I’ve even ditched my trekking poles. I found that I was carrying them far more than I was using them. They are great for crossing creeks and icy snow, but I prefer hiking with my hands free.
I stopped for lunch at nice flat with just enough breeze to keep most of the mosquitoes at bay. Alameda Frank passed me as I was eating. The rest of the afternoon was mostly hiking in deep forest with out many views. I caught up with Frank again at a ridge top junction to Six Horse Springs. I still had two liters of water and opted to keep going while Frank made the diversion down to the spring.
By early evening, I made it to Cascade Lakes Road at Windigo Pass. The guide book cited a water source near here with a vague description: “Water cross country, 0.1 miles E”. The water wasn’t obvious and I didn’t feel like bush-whacking around to find it so I kept going. The next water listed was a lakelet just off the trail about 2½ miles ahead. I found the obvious spur trail heading to the small, shallow pond. The water is clear but fairly warm…I’m definitely chemically treating this water.
I set up camp near the pond and cooked dinner. As I was eating, Alameda Frank arrived. We had a chance to chat a bit over dinner. As his name implies, Frank is from Alameda, California. He is a retired railroad engineer and a bit of a lightweight gear freak.
A cold breeze has come up this evening, time to crawl in the sleeping bag.
Martin "Lei Low“
Tales From The Crest
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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