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Gadget Girl
City: Hood River
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 28, 2014
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Aug 19th, 2014
Start: Dry Camping on High Ridge
End: Squaw Creek
Daily Distance: 11.3
Trip Distance: 219.7

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 429
Journal Visits: 9,121
Guestbook Views: 400
Guestbook Entrys: 9

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Squaw Creek

No exciting events happened last night, thank goodness. It was in the middle 40's at 6am. The hardest part was rolling out of bed since it was still pretty dark outside. We are definitely moving towards fall. We had an easy hike in the morning with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. Stopped at the top of Alpine Meadows ski resort for a snack and waved to a couple of fellas on a ATV making their way to the top of a lift to do some maintenance work. Could see Squaw Valley in the distance and made our way downhill losing about 2,300 ft elevation. It was a bummer as we had to go back up the other side once we hit the valley floor. We carried a bit of extra water just in case we didn't find the springs or flowing creeks noted on several maps and on Halfmile's waypoints. As we were descending, all of a sudden here comes two mature mountain bikers with their three dogs roaring down the trail scaring the life out of us. For one thing, we were in a designated wilderness, and the second thing, they were on our PCT!! How rude! They zipped on by before we could give them a piece of our mind. They turned off the trail at the Five Lakes Basin. We could tell, because of the bike tracks. Well, I fumed on that for awhile. The afternoon was spent making our way uphill in the hot sun to the Squaw Valley ski resort. The trail actually goes underneath one of the ski lifts. We were back on the downhill now and came to Squaw Creek. This was our go/no go decision to stay here for the night or to fill up our 64 oz bags again and continue for another few miles and dry camp. The creek won out as we were filthy and the opportunity to clean up was too hard to resist. As we were lounging around our tents, in comes Gas Passer. We were surprised to see him as we thought he would stop a few miles short at another campsite a little bit off the trail.

That's it for the night...

Critters sighted: birds and chipmunks

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PCT Section Hike - Reds Meadows To Donner Pass

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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