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Joat - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2013

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Ken "joat" Taylor
City: Grass Valley
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 6, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Start: Goldmeyer Alternate Mile 18
End: Mile 2448.5
Daily Distance: 18
Trip Distance: 2,040.5
Hours Hiked: 9.5
Entry Lat: 47.550192
Entry Lng: -121.130107
Min Temp: 60
Max Temp: 65
Breaks: 4
People Met: 12

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 288
Journal Visits: 55,225
Guestbook Views: 2,438
Guestbook Entrys: 48

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Plump, juicy huckleberries

WTA trail angels at Deep Lake

I wake at 6 and eat breakfast, then fall back asleep listening to sprinkles on the tent. I wake again at 10 and am finally on the trail by 10:30. The blueberries and huckleberries here have been ignored too long, so I slow down frequently to graze.

At 11:30 the sprinkles turn to rain, so I seek shelter in a young hemlock grove and eat a combination of second breakfast and lunch. It's still raining seriously when I'm finished, so I put on the frogg toggs before leaving my increasingly leaky shelter.

The rain let's up and sun starts to peek out as I reached the top of the pass, so I stop and stow the rain gear. As I start down the other side, I meet two young men from Seattle that are headed for the hot springs.They are the only people I meet on this section of trail. Asked where I started, I talk about my trip down the talus slope from snow lake and they refer to it as "the wall", saying _nobody_ does that route.

I get to Deep Lake and am just considering having a powerbar before heading up the switchbacks when I meet another group of 8 WTA folks at their camp. They offer a bunch of hot leftover chedar cheese broccoli soup and I somehow manage to eat three huge bowl fulls. I'm truly stuffed and wondering if I'm even capable of making it up the switchbacks with all the extra ballast.

After saying goodbye and starting out slowly, I decide it will probably be best to keep going. I'm able to get more than half way up before using the headlamp and am at the top by 9. There are trails leading off in all directions, so I randomly pick one and quickly find a flat spot with good east exposure. By the time the tent is up, fog begins to form around the hilltop.

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The Mountains Are Calling And I Must Go.

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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