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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
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Still Sloggin' Along
I woke up and started packing well before dawn, but Frank still beat me out of Camp. It was chilly and my numb fingers reminded me of the cold mornings in the Sierra. The cool morning kept the mosquitoes away for a bit, but soon I was stopping to put on DEET and my headnet.
The hiking today was pretty uninspiring…I was lacking energy and motivation. The trail marched steadily though the trees for most of the morning. At around 10:30AM, I made it to large Summit Lake. Like most of the lakes in this part of Oregon, it is fairly shallow and warm. I stopped to wash up and soak my feet but didn’t stay long due to the mosquitoes.
At lunch, I couldn’t stand it anymore and set my tent up so I could eat in peace (and take a short nap). In mid-afternoon, the trail crossed a highway and started a climb up the west flanks of Diamond Peak. I caught up with Frank on the climb as we crossed a few dozen annoying snow patches. A pair of skiers passed us hiking down after a morning ski run from near the summit. I could see their tracks above, it looked like a pretty steep line (and very slushy snow).
I mostly hiked with Frank the rest of the day. During one break, I was reading the guide book and noticed that there was a pizza place at a ski resort just off the trial at Willamette Pass (Highway 58). I was getting really excited about the prospect of pizza when I noticed the fine print: “Open Saturday and Sunday only during the summer”. Rats!! We kept going past the highway and did the 2- mile climb up to Rosary Lakes, arriving just before dark.
Like last night, a sharp, cold wind developed. It got rid of the bugs but made washing in the lake a bit chilly. I’m pleasantly surprised that I managed to hike 30 miles today in spite of draggin’ butt all day.
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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