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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, Aug 13th, 2009
Start: 1 mile south of Dorothy Lake, CA
End: Near the top of Macomb Ridge, CA - 8865 ft
Daily Distance: 10.1
Trip Distance: 756.3
Hours Hiked: 4.75
Daily Ascent: 1461
Daily Descent: 1510
Min Elevation: 7933
Max Elevation: 9067
Entry Lat: 38.05914
Entry Lng: -119.61978
Min Temp: 40
Max Temp: 68
People Met: 14

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 503
Journal Visits: 92,035
Guestbook Views: 34,018
Guestbook Entrys: 123

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Grace Meadow

Macomb Ridge

We were so tired yesterday that we decided to sleep in a little bit today so we didn't start hiking until 9:30am. I think that was a good move because we both felt better for most of the day. The first half of the day was a long gentle downhill on very good trail. Mostly through forest and meadows, with occasional areas of granite where the trail was a little rocky. After about a hour we came to Grace Meadow, a huge meadow area almost a mile long with a beautiful clear stream running through it. The meadow is bordered on both sides by steep granite ridges and there are many evergreen trees all along the trail and in pockets out in the meadow.

We meet another couple, Mulestomper and Skypilot who are trail angels for the 3rd gate water cache down south in the San Felipe hills. They are heading north and are planning to go into Kennedy Meadows Resort at Sonora Pass. We let them know what a great time we had there a couple of days ago, and how nice everyone is, and we also thanked them for helping with the 3rd gate water cache which we made use of many weeks ago.

A while later, just before the trail was going to turn and head away from the creek, we walked over to the creek and took a long lunch break. It was such a nice spot that we decided to wash our clothes, and ourselves, in the creek (no soap, just rinse all the dirt off). We sure felt better after that. Not as good as a hot shower but those just don't happen out here. We filtered water, ate lunch and then headed on up the trail.

After a little more downhill, the trail started up a 1000 foot climb up to a ridge. We soon get into granite and the trail becomes much tougher. It is a pretty steep climb and my right leg is beginning to hurt from the ankle to the knee. There are no places to camp so I take some ibuprofen and we keep going. Julie is getting tired also but is doing better than I am. Just before we reach the top, Julie spots a really nice campsite just off the trail, surrounded by trees and some steep granite cliffs. We decide to take it because as soon as the trail reaches the top it heads right down the other side and then begins another 1000 foot climb. We have no idea if there will be another camp spot until we get over that next climb and we don't have the time, or energy, left to make it that far anyway.

We should be well protected from the wind if it decides to blow tonight. We are setting up camp at 6:30pm and looking forward to another good nights rest.

Animal sitings: 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:


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