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Jack5455 - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2010

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Jack "John Deer" Wallace
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: May 1, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jul 22nd, 2010
Start: Spring at mile 1521
End: Helen Lake
Daily Distance: 8
Trip Distance: 23.0
Entry Lat: 41.18742
Entry Lng: -122.49741

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 332
Journal Visits: 13,716
Guestbook Views: 595
Guestbook Entrys: 10

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More Castle Crags

Phlox and mountains and cramps - oh boy

I don't know if anyone has had a charlie horse in the middle of the night in a sleeping bag in a one-person tent - it was unpleasant. Today, I definitely noticed the side effects of yesterday's dehydration issues. My plan was 10 to 12 miles, I did 8. Fortunately, there was only 1000' of gain but I was still fried.

As I got higher, there were great views of Shasta, Castle Crags, and other surrounding peaks. Unfortunately, good views means no shade. Also, as I got higher, the wild flowers were more abundant especially paintbrush and phlox.

When I spotted the first of the lakes in 7 Lakes Basin, I figured that was my destination for the day in spite of the 600' drop into the lake area. Then I noticed it was only 200' drop to Helen Lake - BINGO. It was a lonely little lake probably only visited by hunters, drinking hunters, and the occasional PCT hiker.

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Jack's Big And Stupid Human Trick -Part 2

Jack Wallace aka John Deer

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. Join the PCTA ( to support this trail.


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