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Darthkev - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2015

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City: Portland
State: Or
Country: Usa
Begins: May 4, 2015
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jul 2nd, 2020
Start: Ollalie Lake
End: Government Camp
Daily Distance: 50
Trip Distance: 50.0

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Having a setback and retreating 15 miles due to unsafe snow conditions, Amanda and Oliver picked Max and I up in Estacada and drove back south to Ollalie Lake.This being a very rustic resort with no electricity or plumbing, we settled into our little cabin for the night. It was fun to spend time with my adorable nephew and walk around the pretty lake. It was cold and raining so we mostly huddle inside, drying our tents with a warm fire and watching Ollie play.

Max and I walked out early the next morning with low clouds and mist hanging in the trees. The rain had stopped but it was was cool and damp for the morning. We passed by several small lakes and into the Warm Springs reservation, walking mostly down hill. There were still many logs across the trail - Max had counted over 250 logs we stepped or scrambled over. It is hard to overstate how tiring this is. The forest through Warm Springs was beautiful with huge old growth Doug Fir and occasional springs and ponds. After 15 miles we had lunch in a dry camp and continued on to the Warm Springs River. Shortly after lunch I felt on odd soreness on the outside of my left ankle. We stopped at the river where we had planned to camp but as it was only 3:00, had dinner and soaked our feet and decided to do a couple more miles. We loaded up on water and climbed for a couple more miles before making dry camp in the woods. We passed some south-bounders who had come over Hood on PCT but were surprised to hear they would not be able to cross Jeff due to snow.
By the time we reached camp, my ankle was unbearable, the tendon bruised and swollen - I figured my second PCT hike was over. Next morning while hiking, the pain was excruciating, I taped the tendon and ate a bunch of analgesics and continued on. Every 10 miles Id have to have more pain meds to carry on. We reached Timothy lake in mid morning and had a cup of coffee at lakeside. With continued low clouds and cool windy weather, there were no views of Hood which is normally stunning from the lake. The lake was choppy and pretty opaque, like silt from a glacier. We stopped at a nice spring for water and then climbed to another for lunch. We decided to camp at Frog Lake as a table and filtered water sounded nice. The walk to Frog Lake was still overcast but trail trail was finally fast - sounded by pink wild rhodys and views of Salmon Meadows far below the last five miles flew by.

We got the last spot at the lake and enjoyed a cup of whiskey at a real table. It was very cold for the last day of June and as it started to drizzle we had an early bed. It did not freeze but both Max and I were surprised to wake to rain drizzle and not snow. Cold and drenched we opted for a hotel in Govy and were looking forward to a warm shower and bed. Carmen and booked a room at Best Western and we couldnt wait. The 10 mile walk was rough, we climbed to the highway in a cold rain. Walked the road for a bit and tried a shortcut to Govy only to end up bushwhacking though a terrible trail. We arrived at best western at 11:30, drenched and cold. Despite being on the verge of hypothermia, Mitch would not let us enter until 4:00 . We stood outside in the rain for a bit but found an immediate room at a different place. I write this now in a cozy bed with ankle on ice and a cold beer. Tomorrow we head to timberline trail and three more days to the Columbia.

Thanks for reading and sorry for typos etc.

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