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Ron & Julie "Snowplow & Rubber Legs" Cluster
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 17, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Jul 17th, 2010
Start: Chimney Rock
End: Bear Creek - 3243 ft
Daily Distance: 14.4
Trip Distance: 16.6
Hours Hiked: 8.5
Daily Ascent: 1204
Daily Descent: 3571
Min Elevation: 3029
Max Elevation: 6062
Entry Lat: 39.82191
Entry Lng: -121.08007
Min Temp: 66
Max Temp: 91
People Met: 8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 561
Journal Visits: 8,480
Guestbook Views: 340
Guestbook Entrys: 7

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Middle Fork Feather River

Middle Fork Feather River

We started walking at 6am and it was already warming up. It was 66 degrees when we got up at 5am so it wasn't really that cool to start with. First up we had a 3100 foot descent to the Middle Fork Feather River. We took it slow and our feet seemed to do ok. I did put some tape on mine at our first rest stop because I could feel the burn on the balls of my feet. We did meet 3 northbound thru's on the way down. Well, OK, they passed us like we were standing still, which wasn't too far from the truth.

Julie stirs up our first rattlesnake who rattles his warning from a bush near the trail. We get him spotted and I encourage him to move on up the hillside by poking at the bush with my trekking pole. He decides to take the hint and we get by him safely.

This country is hot! We're sweating going downhill, I'm not looking forward to the 3100 foot climb back out of here. We reached the river at noon at about 85 degrees and decided to take a long break to let our feet, and the rest of us cool off. After checking the maps and the guidebook, we decide we will try to go 4.5 more miles and make it up to Bear Creek (we hope that's just a naming mistake...) where there is water and a possible camp spot. We are seeing a few patches of poison oak at the lower elevations so we are being very careful what we touch.

We get going about 3pm. The sun is a little lower in the sky so we are shaded most of the time, but it hasn't cooled off at all yet. I see 91 degrees on my watch on the way up to Bear Creek. After a couple of miles, we are showing some signs of heat exhaustion so we stop in a shady spot and rest for an hour or so. I check the maps and determine that we will actually have a descent for the next two miles to Bear Creek. We are very happy to hear that.

About a mile from Bear Creek we cross a really nice little creek in the shade and decide to filter water here. That helps us cool down some more and we drink a lot also. Another mile and we reach Bear Creek, cross the bridge and just a little ways further is a great camping area. We'll take it. We get the tent set up and have dinner. Tonight we have foil pack chicken, add mayonnaise and eat it on crackers. A couple other hikers show up and camp nearby. They started at the border around May 1st and are doing well. We visit with them for a bit and then it's time to get things ready for bed.

It's beginning to cool down a little, 73 degrees at 8:30pm, so that's feeling good. The bugs are coming out though, so we're going to climb in the tent soon. Listening to the rocks rolling in the creek and the water rushing over the stones. Nice music to go to sleep by.

Animal sitings: Rattlesnake, Black snake with white bands and red head (King snake maybe?), Hummingbird, Lizards, Chipmunks

Walk on.....

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Ron & Julie On The PCT - 2010

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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