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Jack5455 - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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Jack "John Deer" Wallace
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 12, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, May 11th, 2009
Start: near Deep Creek Hot Springs
End: Silverwood Lake
Daily Distance: 22
Trip Distance: 328.0
Entry Lat: 34.2876
Entry Lng: -117.35295

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Lake Silverwood

A Lake!!

The day started out with more "water torture. I could see and hear Deep Creek but it was 100 to 300 feet below the trail. Then there was another creek ford at the base of a huge earth dam. Shortly after that there was trail magic at Hwy 173 - ice cold root beer from a woman that grew up with friends of mine.

From that point on it was hot up, hot down and a side excursion into every little canyon and gully around - almost another "drunken bunny" route.

The route gets very confusing every time it approaches civilization. This was especially true as I got near the entrance to the Silverwood Recreation Area - "follow a dirt road for 30 yds; find a paved use road; follow it to a chain link fence; follow the highway pass two junctions; find a poor jeep road; follow it; find the trail just above the jeep road". Those are just a few examples and in almost each case there were confusing options to chose from. Obviously, I eventually got things sorted out.

At this point I was pretty well committed to a 22 mile day with few camping options and no water available. Then as I crested a ridge, Silverwood Lake magically appeared but it was still 4 more miles to the campground. Unfortunately, Cleghorn CG was really day use only so we had to move another mile to another campground - ugh.

I did get a trail name today - John Deere - surprise? At least it is much better than the other options that have been running through my mind: Tortoise, Trail Snail, Mr Slowski, Dial Up, Geezer, Wheezer, Codger, Curmudgeon, anything thing with Old in it, Gramps, etc.

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Jack Wallace aka John Deer

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. Join the PCTA ( to support this trail.


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