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JenEric - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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Lion Heart and Ginonatt
City: Ukiah
State: Ca
Begins: Apr 20, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Sep 9th, 2009
Start: Rockpile Lake
End: Milk Creek
Daily Distance: 13.4
Trip Distance: 1,669.7

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Approaching Mt. Jefferson

White-Footed Rabbit

Laziest start that we can remember in a long time. Had the alarm set because we wanted to be on the trail by 6:30am. Alarm went off and we just didn't feel like getting up and slept a few more hours. Finally got on the trail by 9:45am and made easy miles.

Today was spent approaching and hiking around Mt. Jefferson. It was named by Lewis and Clark in 1806 for the president at that time. After almost 9 miles we stopped for lunch at Shale Lake, a beautiful spot where we almost decided to camp and stay the night. Upon our approach was the symphonic calling of many Clark Nutcrackers. Gino did some sun bathing and went into the lake up to his knees but then decided it was too cold for a full dip! The sun was out today and during this time of year there is a certain warmth to it. But there is that feeling of Autumn that brings a brisk breeze and crispness to the air. Maybe not the best skinny dipping weather but wonderful hiking weather!

Left our lunch spot and ran into the girl that had just passed by the lake. She had turned around on the trail because she thought she was going the wrong direction. She mentioned that she'd been following our tracks all day (and now we weren't in front of her to guide her). She had a map but we're not sure she knew how to use it. Feeling confident of our path we continued down the way she had just returned, wishing her well. Next we met a friendly southbound, Lollygag, who talked about the great Timberline Lodge (just a few days ahead for us). While we were talking to her, the girl came by and said, oh you were right. Not quite sure how she was going to continue forward; our tracks were not there to guide her.

Saw our first rhododendron of the trail today! Brings fond memories of home. Stopped just after 6pm, camped tonight at the wonderful glacial Milk Creek with Mt. Jefferson towering above. Just before we got to the creek we saw a brown bunny rabbit with white back feet. An unusual sighting! And an owl hoots overhead to lull us to sleep.

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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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