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Ron & Julie "Snowplow & Rubber Legs" Cluster
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 12, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jun 11th, 2009
Start: Ridge above Spanish Needle Creek
End: Chimney Creek Campground - 5687 ft
Daily Distance: 8.1
Trip Distance: 475.4
Hours Hiked: 3.3
Daily Ascent: 971
Daily Descent: 1986
Min Elevation: 5535
Max Elevation: 7017
Entry Lat: 35.83924
Entry Lng: -118.04288
Min Temp: 43
Max Temp: 65
People Met: 13

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 605
Journal Visits: 94,652
Guestbook Views: 34,232
Guestbook Entrys: 123

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Chimney Creek Campground

Short day because we're taking it easy on my feet and there's no hurry to head into the Sierra. We have heard that there is 7 to 8 inches of new snow at the 7000 foot level and much of our trail is above 10000 feet. The more that melts before we get there the better.

The trail was in beautiful shape today, clean and cleared of brush. We started out at 9:45 am and the first 3.5 miles are fairly level along a ridge. Nice views to the west with an occasional view to the east down towards the Lone Pine area. My right foot is hurting so we stop and take a look at it. It looks ok but Julie recommends that I put some salve on it to keep it from drying out. We have some salve with Comfrey in it so I give that a try. That seems to really work! I think I will start calling her Dr. Julie. After about 20 minutes or so, the foot isn't hurting at all and we begin picking up the pace a little.

The next 4.5 miles are downhill to Chimney Creek where we get water. When we arrive there are several other hikers resting in the shade and getting water. Just a short walk up the trail and just before we reach Canebrake Rd, a couple of hikers have picked up a horned toad. I've tried to catch one but they are too fast for me. This one is really calm and they pass him off to me. Julie gets a few pictures and we return him to his bush. When we hit the road we turn west and walk about a quarter mile to the campground. As we walk into the campground we see a familiar pickup and canopy. Shorty is here! We spend the afternoon getting caught up with what he and Jellybean have been doing. He dropped her off at Walker Pass this morning and she wants to get in here tonight, almost 30 miles. We did 8. Hoo Boy...

Later in the day 3 other hikers show up to spend the night. They have all started at Walker Pass this morning, about 30 miles south. All 20 somethings with light packs. Sure makes us feel old and slow. They had seen Jellybean about noon and she was making good progress. Hopefully she'll make it in tonight or at least before we leave in the morning so we can see her again.

Shorty said that the weather up high has been really cold, 32 for a high with the low in the teens. Not something we are prepared for. We are going to continue to Kennedy Meadows and then figure out what to do.

Animal sitings: lizards, horned toad, chipmunk

Sounds of Freedom: KC-135 with at least 2 fighters. Lots of other noise but no sightings.

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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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