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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
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Lucky and Milky beat me out of camp by at least 20 minutes this morning. The cold wind was still blowing as the trail headed northeast through old forest. A few miles past Blue Lake, there was another nice lake near the trail. After a short climb, the trial started a long, undulating descent, quickly entering Indian Heaven Wilderness. According to the guide book, the area is noted for its huckleberries. I saw (and ate) quite a few wild huckleberries and blueberries back at lower elevations, but I didn’t see any up here. It’s probably too early this year due to the late spring snow.
There were a couple of roads and a few creeks to cross. Trails crews have been working in here recently. Most of last winter’s deadfalls have been cleared and there are a few brand new bridges. I stopped for lunch just past one of the bridges and enjoyed a bug-free meal. There were bugs today, but they were only thick in a few short stretches.
After lunch, there was a steep, 1,200-foot climb to a ridge with views of Mt. Adams. An equally steep 500-foot descent to a road and Swampy Creek followed. I was pretty tired at this point and ready to stop but it was far too early in the day. I paused for a short break before starting a long climb up the flanks of Mt. Adams. I heard some crashing in the trailside brush and turned just in time to see a medium black bear galloping away. It was only the second wild bear I’ve seen on the whole trip.
At about 5PM, I was really low on energy and had to stop. There was a gushing spring/creek just below the trail. I filled up water bottles then cooked dinner at a wide spot in the trail. There wasn’t enough room to camp so I kept hiking after about an hour break. The sun was just starting to set when I got to a trail junction with a note taped to it that read “Lucky, Milky” and an arrow pointing right. I found Lucky and Milky camped a hundred yards up the side trail. They were set up at the edge of a meadow near timberline with a fantastic view of Mt. Adams.
I set up my tent nearby in the shelter of some small firs and hemlock. I got my 30 miles in today but I’m pretty exhausted. I was really slow on the steep climbs after lunch.
I’m ready to be done with this hike but there are still over 400 miles to go.
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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