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City: Chicago
State: IL
Country: USA
Begins: May 18, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 10th, 2011
End: Barker's Pass
Daily Distance: 12
Trip Distance: 230.7

Journal Stats
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View from Barker Pass

Journal Entry

Eric and I took a leisurely morning, mostly waiting for the sun to rise and dry out our sleeping bags. Condensation in the tent was a bit of a problem. A thru-hiker passed our site and we chatted for a while, cursing the snow and wet trail conditions.

The first part of our hike that day was again through snow, but as soon as we made our way to a southwestern facing slopw with some exposure, we found dry trail. Up along the ridge provided beautiful views of the surrounding peaks and lakes, including Lake Tahoe in the distance. Our lunch break was at Richardson Lake, a small, clear lake with a campgroung on its north edge. a nice long hour of lunch, and drying of shoes.

The next obstacle, if you could call it that, was Miller Creek. Luckily, there was a log spanning the width of it. Just getting on the other side was a bit tricky, trying to push through the shrubs to make our way back to the trail.

Shortly after crossing the trail we met up with Dr. J, whom I had spent time with at Yosemite Valley. Both of us had the idea that maybe up north there would be less snow. The rest of the day was hitting bits os trail that were exposed and then navigating throug snow. We had to cross Bear Creak, but were able to find crossing that had a bit of strong current and trees to hold on to for balance. We got across fine with water only thigh deep.

Then up to Barker Pass. My phone (which served as my GPS) was running out of juice so we tried following tracks of hikers before us. We found Dr. J again and followed him as he had a GPS that would lead us to Barker Pass. The path was strenuous with snow and steep ascents. We made it to Barker Pass at 7 and set up tent on what was a forest route parking lot. Beautiful views again. We peeked down the north slope and saw more snow. At that point we decided that tomorrow we would take the Forest Route towards LAKE tahoe and then to Tahoe City. Granite Chief Wilderness would have to wait.

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Kung Fu's PCT 2011

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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