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City: Selah
State: Washington
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 13, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 24th, 2016
Start: Mile 2052.1
End: Mile 2069.7
Daily Distance: 17.6
Trip Distance: 609.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 296
Journal Visits: 7,344
Guestbook Views: 58
Guestbook Entrys: 5

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PCT Gate at Mt. Hood National Forest

Mount Hood National Forest

Left camp about 6:50 am and stopped at the creek to filter water since the next water is about 8 miles. We thought we might stop at a spring indicated on the map and the phone app, but we passed the spot and didn't see any sign to a spring. We still had plenty of water and it was in about 10 miles that we would cross a nice creek.

At the Warm Springs River we filled up all our water containers, then continued on 0.3 miles to the next spring junction where we had lunch. After lunch we went down the spring trail the short distance and filled up again on water.

The whole day we were again in the trees with basically no views. The day was clear and even in the trees it was hot for hiking. A lot of this section of Oregon is in the trees with few views, from Willamette Pass north. That’s not bad on warm clear days, but it isn’t too exciting hiking. Thankfully, there are also several places that are amazingly beautiful.

We hiked to the Mount Hood National Park sign then started looking for a somewhat flat spot to setup our tents. We hiked 17.4 miles and have less than 7 miles to go to our pickup point at Little Crater Lake Campground. Unfortunately we have not had enough cell service to even send a text so Ann knows approximately where we are going to be there. We should be at the campground by about 10:30 am, which should be earlier than Ann. The last text I was able to send her told her we should be there about 1 to 2 pm. We may have a long wait.

We set up camp off the trail in the trees. It was a little after 4 pm, which was really early for us to be setting up tents. Nice to have a long rest. We did have a couple of groups of horse go by, and some of the horses got a little spooked as they got close to our camp area. The horses were pretty sensitive, since the riders didn’t know we were there till they got next to us.

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PCT 2016 One Step At A Time

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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