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Begins: Apr 25, 2013
Date: Thu, Jul 11th, 2013
End: Richardson lake
Daily Distance: 24
Trip Distance: 904.5
Entry Visits: 496
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Grouse call emerging
Oh, Dick's Pass sticks it to you
Finding friends on trail
Trail angel Ben gave me a ride on his way to work and dropped me off at Echo Lake. There were these two guys looking pretty forlorn and asked me if I was going to take the ferry across the lake. At $ 12, I wasn't sure but said I'd think about it. You see, the ferry requires at least 3 paying customers. Every time I walked out of the store, their heads whipped around to see if I was the 3rd. Finally I gave in and we were zipping down the lake in no time. It cut off maybe 3 miles of the pct. It was really awesome going through the tight, narrow section in between the upper and lower lakes.
I made quick miles and ended up having lunch at Dick's Pass because there was cell service. Dick's Pass really sticks it to you because you arrive at what you think is the top with a beautiful view of Dick lake. And then you have to climb a few hundred more feet to actually get over the thing.
Near Dick Lake, I heard a curious sound and looked over and saw a mother grouse. Her smokey, peppered-gray perfectly matched the granite rock she sat atop. I stood and watched her for quite awhile and she let me come pretty close. She started making a different call and then I could hear her babies. After some time, I suddenly saw one as it popped up out of the grass. All 3 emerged right before my eyes and began eating grass and trying to catch moths. Awesome!
Long afternoon hiking through mosquito infested forest. The reward? Arriving at Richardson Lake to find Coincidence, Kenobe, Mike, Sweet Tooth and Hot Tub having dinner. Yeah! I thought for sure they would have been ahead.
It was just me that left the trail head this morning. Cherub is going to spend a few more days with her cousin. And for reasons I can't begin to understand, Snickers and Soup Nazi are skipping up to Oregon.
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