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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: Sun, Jun 21st, 2009
Start: Deer Lake Trail Jct
End: Nelson Creek - 5841 ft
Daily Distance: 15.4
Trip Distance: 566.6
Hours Hiked: 7
Daily Ascent: 2687
Daily Descent: 4262
Min Elevation: 5821
Max Elevation: 7545
Entry Lat: 39.72774
Entry Lng: -120.79568
Min Temp: 38
Max Temp: 61
People Met: 4

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 644
Journal Visits: 94,727
Guestbook Views: 34,232
Guestbook Entrys: 123

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Sierra Buttes from ridge top lunchroom

Happy Father's Day!

On trail today at 7:45am. We are still walking through dense evergreen forest that reminds us of our hiking in Oregon. We were over 7000 feet until late in the day, so we did run into patches of snow across the trail. One area in particular was especially troublesome. The snowfield across the trail was too steep to cross and we couldn't get around it down below. Our only option was to go cross country above it and that route took us across the top of a small peak and down to a saddle. The peak was steep and rocky and we had to slowly work our way through large rocks and across brushy areas. The brush was so thick that you never actually walked on the ground, you were walking across the limbs of the plants. It took us a long time to get around the peak and get back down onto the trail.

Then we had several miles of good trail, except for all the blow downs. Hopefully there will be a trail crew working through here soon. Most of the north facing slopes still held snow, some we could cross but some were too steep and we had to go around. This took extra time and we began to be concerned that we wouldn't get as far as we had planned. There wasn't much we could do about it, but it sure was frustrating. The area is beautiful though, and we take a lot of photos. We saw many sparkling mountain lakes down below us and lots of wildflowers of all colors and varieties.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that we had cell service on top of one ridge. We called Bob with a couple of additions to the Old Station resupply box and we called each of our Dads to wish them a happy father's day. Julie's dad is at home and doing well. He sounded good on the phone.

We climbed back up and crossed over a saddle. Then we started a long descent down to Nelson Creek where we would camp tonight. We were pretty tired by the time we crawled into our tent but our feet don't feel too bad. They are tired and sore but the blisters aren't screaming at us like they were yesterday.

We have been discussing what our game plan should be. We could continue all the way north to Canada, and then do the Sierra last. We could hike to Dunsmuir, take the train down to Truckee, go southbound through the Sierra and then resume the hike at Dunsmuir. We could hike through Oregon, then do the Sierra and then do Washington. All these options require us to get a ride from Kennedy Meadows to someplace that is serviced by Amtrak (train or bus). If anyone has an idea on how to get to Bakersfield from Kennedy Meadows, please post a note in our guestbook.

Animal sitings: guess we didn't see any today

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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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