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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Aug 21st, 2008
Start: Snoqualmie Pass
End: Lemah Meadow Trail
Daily Distance: 22.4
Trip Distance: 2,221.5
Entry Lat: 47.483946
Entry Lng: -121.259193

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,202
Journal Visits: 184,863
Guestbook Views: 5,677
Guestbook Entrys: 35

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Spectacle Lake

Back On The Trail

I’m back on the trail after a much-longer-than-anticipated rest stop at Snoqualmie Pass. It was pouring once again when I got up this morning. I had another leisurely breakfast with the gang and then went to pack my gear. At about 10:30AM, I headed out to the lobby and checked out. All of the other hikers were there watching the rain and trying to decide whether to go or stay.

At 11:05AM, there was a break in the rain and a mass exodus from the hotel. After a short road walk, we started up into Alpine Wilderness. It was pretty cool, but the steep climb had me peeling off layers after ten or fifteen minutes.

Unfortunately, the break in the rain didn’t last very long. A few light showers turned into heavier showers. By the time we (Lucky, Milky, Lumbar, Slim, and I) topped the ridge at Needle Sight Gap, it was raining hard. I put my rain gear back on and kept trudging on. I think the scenery was spectacular. At one point the trail was blasted out of a cliff. The clouds, however, enveloped all of the peaks and the trail climbed in and out of the mist.

We stopped for a quick break near a small, scenic lake. We met a large group of backpackers heading out of the wilderness. They looked thoroughly miserable having just spent four days in the rain and wind. They were really looking forward to a hot meal and warm bed at the Summit Inn.

Late in the afternoon, the rain finally let up as we were traversing above Spectacle Lake. I was thoroughly damp and a sharp wind was blowing, making for a cold descent. I could see spots of sunshine off to the west. Hopefully the storm is about over.

We started looking for a reasonable campsite after the turnoff for spectacle lake. The terrain was pretty rugged and the undergrowth thick, making flat and clear spots pretty rare. At Lemah Creek, there were established sites on both sides of the bridge. Unfortunately, there was already one large group camped there. The rest of the gang decided to make do with the little space left, but I decided to continue. The guide book mentioned more campsites another three-quarters of a mile further up the trail.

Sure enough, 15 minutes later, I found a large and empty camp site at the Lemah Meadow Trail junction. I got a bit wet and cold this afternoon, but I’m warmed up now. Hopefully, the weather forecast is correct and we’ll get a few nice days.


Martin "Lei Low“

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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:


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