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

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 27th, 2008
Start: Stehekin
End: Porcupine Creek
Daily Distance: 21.2
Trip Distance: 2,380.2
Entry Lat: 48.538176
Entry Lng: -120.726657

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Entry Visits: 1,270
Journal Visits: 184,860
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Guestbook Entrys: 35

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Greg

A Hiking Companion

It rained again last night. Shortly after I went to bed, the showers started, sometimes pretty heavy. It was cloudy but dry when I got up at the little campground next to Lake Chelan. I wasn’t in too big of a rush since the first bus didn’t leave until 8AM.

I thought briefly about going over to the resort/restaurant for breakfast but decided to wait and get something at the bakery on the way up the valley. At about 7:45AM, I wandered over to the bus stop next to the ferry landing. A small group of day hikers was already there waiting for the shuttle. The driver showed up right on time and we started our bumpy ride up the river road.

At the bakery, I got a huge pecan roll, a large cup of coffee, and a delicious-looking, baked, cheesy thing to eat later. The bus stopped at the Stehekin Valley Ranch and a few more passengers got on including one hiker. I introduced myself to the hiker during the last few miles up the bumpy road. He was Greg, a lawyer in his 60s from Portland, Oregon, hiking all of Washington. When Greg heard I was planning to get to Manning Park by Saturday morning, he was keen to hike with me as long as he could.

Right on schedule at 9AM, we got to the trailhead at the High Bridge Ranger Station. Greg and I found the northbound PCT and started up the hill in a light rain. At first I wasn’t too sure about having company on my last few days on the trail. Greg proved interesting, however, and a pleasant cohort. I was a bit faster going uphill, but he had no trouble keeping up on the flats and downhill.

Rain showers continued all morning as we hiked up the Bridge Creek Valley towards Rainy Pass. We passed a few groups of backpackers going both directions. Near the top of the climb, just before Highway 20 at Rainy Pass, we found another great trail cache. This one had all sorts of goodies—chips, candy, cookies, sodas, and beer. Thank you trail angels!

I took a good look at the map and guide book while we enjoyed a few snacks. It was getting late in the day and it was looking to be a cold and stormy night. I had visions of the snow on Suiattle Pass two nights ago and didn’t want to camp high on the ridge near Cutthroat Pass (at 6,820 feet). There wasn’t enough daylight to get over the pass so we settled on Porcupine Creek, a few miles beyond Highway 20. We arrived at the creek at about 6PM and set up camp on a nice little bench just above the creek.

That’s all for today folks,

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: www.pcta.org

 

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