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Sean "Miner" Nordeen
Begins: Apr 17, 2009
Date: Mon, Jun 1st, 2009
Start: 2.5mi before Deep Creek Hot Springs
End: Silverwood Lake shore
Daily Distance: 21.6
Trip Distance: 325.7
Entry Visits: 376
Journal Visits: 86,947
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Guestbook Entrys: 23
I got on the trail at 5:30am and made it to the Deep Creek Hot Springs around 6:45. There were a few non-hikers illegally camped there (one for 2 weeks). I also found the 4 thru-hikers from yesterday. The original group of 3 were planning on staying yet another day resting in the hot springs. They had already lost 6 days due to injuries and I think they hadn't fully healed yet. I spent 10min in the springs and then got out as I was going to fall asleep. I got water and pushed on. There was something about that hotspring that softens your feet and then walking barefoot in the sand seems to sandpaper your feet (the 4th thru-hiker told that to me the next day when I met him). I had only walked a short ways away and suddenly noticed a blister forming and a couple more hot spots in the making. Up til now, my feet had been fine with no signs of blisters.
After crossing the Arched Bridge, I stopped for personal business in the bushes and the same 2 backapckers I had seen crossing over Deep Creek Bridge while I rested under it passed by again. I latter caught up to them while they took a break and found that they were brothers hiking the PCT. I continued on to the Mojave Dam where I attemped to hike over it (due to my assumption rather then reading my maps closely). As I looked back, I saw the 2 brothers hiking below the dam on a trail and realized my mistake. However, they then made a mistake and took the dirt road up to the dam top on the far end while I continued on the road that followed Deep Creek. I waded across the creek without difficulty and took a long break alongside the creek to dry out my shoes. After passing Hwy 173, I found a small water cache but didn't need any water since I filled up by the dam.
Today there were some thin clouds that helped keep the temps cool and a strong breeze would often come up. Even so, the next 4 miles was done without any shade and I ran low on water. Around 11:30am, I came to the Grass Valley Creek which still had a good flow. About 50yards further up the dirt road that served as the trail for a short distance, I found some nice shade and stayed until 3pm having lunch. The 2 brothers caught up and passed me around 2pm. I tried my cell phone for the first time on this trip and sent a few text messages to hikers I knew from last year in an attempt to make them jealous that I was outside hiking and they weren't.
The next 11.5 miles are dry so I loaded up with water. I really miss the time when I could easly crank out 11miles in the afternoon. My intention was to stop jus before the paved road walk but I arrived there by 5pm and didn't feel like stopping yet. So I walked about a mile down the road until the trail resumed. There was a ice chest there that once had fruit and drinks, but that was emptied several days before I got there. Thanks for the thought. I climbed up the hill until I could see Silverwood Lake below me. Its not really 11.5 miles to the next water as you walk along the lake for the last 4.5miles. And there are a few unofficial trails down to the lake shore created by fishermen. In fact, I saw at least 4 along the shore below me at times. I just didn't have it in my body to make it to the hiker camping area in the SW corner of the lake; made famous by its sprinklers coming on in the middle of the night and hikers chooseing to camp on the grass that is getting watered. So I stopped and camped below the trail on one of the use trails near the water. A cool breeze kept me cool during the night. The moon rise above the lake was beautiful as you could see the reflection of the moonlight on the water. I seem to be in the traffic pattern of an airport (probably Ontario) as I saw numerous jets flying over during the night.
A Walk North On The PCT - 2009
One small step for man, but I'll walk even farther for a burger.
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