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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: Sat, Jul 25th, 2009
Start: McClure Meadow
End: Sally Keyes Lakes
Daily Distance: 12
Trip Distance: 635.4
Entry Lat: 37.27245
Entry Lng: -118.87543

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 286
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Getting ready to cross Evolution Creek

Raging Creeks and Fried Legs

The plan was to get over Selden Pass to Marie Lake to set up getting to VVR (Vermillion Vally Resort), but... that did not happen.

Leaving McClure Meadow, the trail descends forever and at the same rate as a raging creek. The first big deal of the day was crossing Evolution Creek. I did not roll up my pants quite high enough - oops - wet pants. Then the water show began - gorgeous rapids and waterfalls. At a junction, river changed but the scenery was the same down to the Paiute Pass trail.

By now it was hot - just in time to start to climb. The open sun-baked slopes covered with manzanita, ceo-something, and sage brush were hot and humid. I went through 4 quarts of water in just 5 miles and my legs were fried by the time I got to Senger Creek.

Dinner was not so lovely Mac and Cheese at Senger Creek and then I slogged on to Sally Keyes Lakes to camp.

The only person to pass me in the past few days has been WS Monty so I must be doing an adequate pace OR we are the only 2 people going north right now. There are lots of people going south on the JMT (John Muir Trail) and I see 10 to 20 of those people per day.

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Jack's Big And Stupid Human Trick

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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