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State: WA Washington
Begins: Apr 10, 2014
Date: Wed, May 7th, 2014
Start: Mile 127 Trail Angel
End: Nance Canyon Mile 140
Trip Distance: 108.1
Entry Lat: 33.749909
Entry Lng: -117.009133
Entry Visits: 363
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Pacific Crest Trail Map
Three Socks said the trail angel would make breakfast at 7:00 am. So I slowed my morning routine only to see 7:00 and then 7:30 am pass by. I decided to take care myself and was just heading to the donation jar at 8:30 am when pancakes finally came out. I opted out and once again thanked the woman ( who's name was never given) and received silence again. Almost a silent snarl. No clue why.
Today's hike started with 2 miles of uphill followed by 7 miles of downhill. The group think was that there was water 10 miles from the trail angel at mile 137. So I took a chance carried only 3 L of water. That sure made the uphill a lot easier.
I hiked alone all morning. I figured the pancake eaters would have caught me by noon, there was no sign of them. Instead, the next wave of hikers was catching up to me. The first to pass me was a young man clearly on a thru- hiker pace. He had already covered about 15 miles by noon. He was followed by a young woman named Snap; she is a photographer. Finally, Rocket wandered by. He was nearer to my age and pace, so we leap frogged all day.
By about 4:00 pm I made it to the water spigot at Tule Springs Mile 137. It was down a steep side trail. At the top of the trail, I met Neon who wears a neon green cap. I asked him if there was water down there before I climbed down the st??ep trail. He hadn't gone down yet either. We deliberated for a minute and I sucked it up & headed down Neon. Snap was there with Bob from Ohio and the fast traveling young man. Hurray there was lots of water.
But my first order of business was to lay in the shade. I was mesmerized by leaves waving in the wind. It was totally relaxing. Eventually I got enough water to eat and hike out the next day. - 5L. There was no reliable water until I hit Highway 74 where Don would pick me up. There was a possible cache, but no one was willing to count on it.
Pretty soon a few more folks showed up including Rocket, a trio - Marge, Jarge, and there dog Sarge, and finally the pancake crowd Mogli, Sinbad, Heckle, and Jeckle. I stayed an hour and chatted. It was wonderfully refreshing! But I figured I better head back out when 5:00 pm rolled around. There was still 3 miles to go before I hit the camp site.
Normally someone else is at a campsite when I come in this late. But not tonight! In fact, I had seen no one on the trail either. When I got to it, I was hugely disappointed. It was a single grass site right on the trail. It was NOT the type of site I use; I would feel too exposed and vulnerable. I check a little further up trail and there was nothing. I had just taken my pack of when the pancake crowd who was morphing into The Wolf Pack came along. They too had planned to stay here. I had no idea what we were going to do, but in that moment I didn't need to. They searched the area and found several wonderful places in the sand of the dry creek bed. Using a combination of stakes and rocks I was able to pitch the tent. Sand is wonderful to sleep on , because you can contour the ground to make it fit you well. I had a great hot dinner of soba noodles with peanut/ soy sauce and cashews. I had the best night sleep in 4 seasons of backpacking. The Wolf Pack helped me learn Lesson 11 - don't be so focused on the obvious that you miss the wonderful.
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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