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Begins: May 21, 2011
Date: Mon, Aug 1st, 2011
Start: Near Lone Wolf Mtn - 1816.4
End: Crater Lake Rim - 1840.5
Daily Distance: 24.1
Trip Distance: 1,840.5
Hours Hiked: 9.5
Entry Lat: 42.96212879
Entry Lng: -122.15573439
Entry Visits: 1,934
Journal Visits: 238,269
Guestbook Views: 9,652
Guestbook Entrys: 133
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Today was a day of contrasts. The first half of the day was boring scenery but the afternoon brought us to the rim of Crater Lake. It was also the worst hiking day of the trip but the most spectacular scenery.
We had a bad hiking day due to the heaviest snow since shortly after Sierra City. We had a couple of navigational challenges but nothing too serious. But the snow is killing my feet. I have something wrong in either a tendon or muscle in my foot. The snow places my feet in weird angles and causes pain right behind my big toe running back to my heel. And Advil doesn't help.
We also went in to Mazama Village and hit the buffet and store for resupply. This took way too long and killed our mileage. But there is a silver lining. We are camped in the penthouse suite on the rim. It is drop dead gorgeous. I wish I could capture the full width of the scene but it is too wide.
On the rim I ran into Brian who I met in Warner Springs. It was good to catch up on trail news from behind. It sounds like this will be a really low completion year. We also had lunch with Rusticus. It was great to get to know the other hikers that made it through the Sierra early.
Tomorrow I have to get back to higher mile days. We hit snow at 6200' today and most of the next section is above that elevation so it's hard to know what to expect.
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