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Ron & Julie "Snowplow & Rubber Legs" Cluster
Begins: Apr 12, 2009
Date: Wed, May 13th, 2009
Start: 2nd crossing of Holcomb Creek
End: Deep Creek Hot Springs - 3512 ft
Daily Distance: 15.4
Trip Distance: 317.0
Hours Hiked: 6.5
Daily Ascent: 1727
Daily Descent: 3225
Min Elevation: 3480
Max Elevation: 5338
Entry Lat: 34.34061
Entry Lng: -117.17708
Min Temp: 44
Max Temp: 88
People Met: 16
Entry Visits: 750
Journal Visits: 92,051
Guestbook Views: 34,018
Guestbook Entrys: 123
Deep Creek Hot Springs
A couple of notes about the mileage data that I have been entering from my GPS. It apparently is reading higher than actual for the total miles. It may be related to using the battery saver mode so I have now disabled that and will see if it does a better job. We are at PCT mile 306.6 and our total miles should be slightly more than that due to some additional side trips, etc. If time permits, I will go back and edit our daily mileage so it reflects a more correct total. Also, the hours hiked number has been total hours from leaving camp to arriving at our next camp spot. Since the GPS does keep track of total moving time, I will start using that as of this entry. OK, enough about the stuff that nobody but me cares about...
Our goal today is to make it to Deep Creek Hot Springs, about 15 miles away. Doesn't sound too bad but we have been told that it's a long exposed walk with no shade, including a 9 mile stretch with no water. In addition, the trail is supposedly in poor shape, to the point that in some places it is just loose sand that is sliding down the steep hillside. Sounds like great fun.
The first few miles continue down the Holcomb creek drainage. We start right off with a stream crossing, no rock hopping this time, so we just wade right across. Wow! Nothing like cold wet shoes to start the day! After a few miles we begin a gentle climb up out of Holcomb Creek, cross a couple of ridges and then start down into the extremely rugged Deep Creep canyon. We reach Deep Creek bridge and take a side trail down to the creek to filter some water. Then it's back up to the PCT, across the bridge and on down the canyon. Although we will see and hear Deep Creek all the way down the canyon, we will not touch it's cool water again until we get to the hot springs at the end of the day. The first few miles of trail are in pretty good shape, although they are indeed exposed and hot. The trail is cut high on the canyon walls and in some places is very rocky and narrow. Stonedancer, you were in our prayers as we went by mile 301.
The weather was warming up and the trail was getting hot on our feet. We stopped several times, where there was a safe place, to let our feet cool down and change socks. The trail was getting bad in places so that took it's toll on us also. A lot of the trail is routed along steep sandy slopes and the trail in places has just slid away. Picking your way across those areas, wearing a pack, was not a lot of fun. No real scares, but I don't want to do it again either.
Our feet felt like they were on fire by the time we limped into the hot springs area. We picked out a place to camp and then, after emptying our pockets, went and sat in the middle pool (there are three) with our clothes on. Hey, it's a clothing optional place right? So we opted to wear them all! Had dinner and we are now ready to lay down under the stars (cowboy camping again) and let the sounds of the water, crickets and frogs sing us to sleep.
Animal sitings: lizards, horned toads, trout, squirrel, chipmunk
Ron & Julie On The PCT - 2009
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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