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Ron & Julie "Snowplow & Rubber Legs" Cluster
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 30, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Jun 11th, 2011
Start: Hwy 66 east of Ashland
End: Near Hobart Bluff
Daily Distance: 5.6
Trip Distance: 5.6
Entry Lat: 42.0931667
Entry Lng: -122.4771167

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 431
Journal Visits: 3,869
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Hairy Flower

Keen Creek on the PCT

Saturday we drove down to Hwy 140 near Lake of the Woods and picked up a section hiker to take him back to his car. Nathan had started at Siskiyou Pass, where we are planning on starting our section hike, and hiked to Hwy 140. It was nice to meet him and we were glad to help him out with transportation. We got some info on the trail conditions also which was good. Lots of snow, which we are hoping will be mostly gone before we try to go through, not too many downed trees.

After dropping Nathan off at his car, we headed up Hwy 66 out of Ashland to where the trail crosses at Green Springs Summit. We headed south on the PCT through the Keen Creek Property. We wanted to see this part of the trail because the PCTA has recently raised the money to purchase a permanent easement from the private property owner through this area. The owner was needing to sell the property but, recognizing the value of protecting the PCT in this area, worked with the PCTA to permanently protect the trail from any type of development. The area is very nice, with many different types of trees and wildflowers.

Just as we were getting out of the car, a pair of F15's from Klamath Falls roared overhead heading back to Kingsley Field. I love that kind of welcoming committee! Heading south on the PCT, we noticed many different types of wildflowers but one really caught our eye. It was white with some pink in the center but looked like it was covered with hair on the inside (See photo). We also spotted a couple of small frogs and some lizards (oh no....not lizards again...). We had intended to hike south about 7 miles to a small spring that had camping nearby but after about four and a half miles we were on solid snow and climbing higher. Not knowing if there would be a snow free area to camp near the spring, we decided to backtrack about a mile to a small saddle near Hobart Bluff that we had noticed on our way south.

We found a nice spot to set up the tent and were treated to a nice, clear evening that gave us a good look at the moon. We think that tomorrow we will climb Hobart Bluff for the view before we head back to the van.

Animal sightings: Frogs, Lizards
Sounds of Freedom: Pair of Oregon Air National Guard F15's heading home to Klamath Falls

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Ron & Julie On The 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. Join the PCTA to support this trail.


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