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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: Wed, Aug 12th, 2009
Start: Upper part of Kennedy Canyon, CA
End: 1 mile south of Dorothy Lake, CA - 9038 ft
Daily Distance: 12.1
Trip Distance: 746.2
Hours Hiked: 6
Daily Ascent: 1998
Daily Descent: 2145
Min Elevation: 8551
Max Elevation: 9544
Entry Lat: 38.16218
Entry Lng: -119.6063
Min Temp: 41
Max Temp: 75
People Met: 16

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 550
Journal Visits: 94,830
Guestbook Views: 34,236
Guestbook Entrys: 123

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Sometimes the stream crossings are easy

Dorothy Lake

On the trail at 8:15am. Most of today was spent walking through forest, although we did have some granite areas and climbed up and over Dorothy Lake Pass.

We started out following Kennedy Canyon Creek downhill about 3 miles where the trail turned and headed uphill over a ridge. After 4 miles we had descended down to a low point and then climbed back up to Cascade Creek where we filtered water. Another mile uphill and we were at Lake Harriet where we followed the wrong trail. It was in good condition, unlike most of the side trails we come upon, and there were no signs to let us know which trail it was. We had not even seen a trail junction! I happened to check the GPS, which I do every 15 minutes or so, and it showed us on the opposite side of the lake from where we were supposed to be. Rats. We elected to just continue on around the lake and get back on the PCT just before it turns away from the lake and begins the climb up Dorothy Lake Pass. We had to cross the lake's inlet stream and then climb up and around some large granite boulders but it wasn't too difficult. We finally reached the PCT and began the climb up to the pass.

We are both feeling very tired today, not sure exactly why. It takes us a while to climb the 2 miles up to the top. The trail is very rocky and steep, and we take extra care so we don't fall. We finally reach the top at 3:15pm and as soon as we start down we can see Dorothy Lake out in front of us. The lake is only about 150 feet lower than the pass so it doesn't take us long to reach it. We walk alongside the lake for about a mile to the far end where we stop to eat and filter water again. It is approaching 5:00pm and the Atlas doesn't indicate camping for another 8 miles. No way can either of us make it that much farther tonight, too tired. We don't see any camp spots here though so we have no choice but to start down the trail in hopes of finding something.

About 6:00pm we do find a pretty good location and get the tent set up. We are going to get something to eat and go to bed early. Hopefully we will have more energy tomorrow. Not as many grand views today as we had yesterday but we do catch the occasional glimpse of a huge granite mountain through the trees.

Animal sitings: Squirrels, deer.

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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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