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Linda "Seasoned Strider" Oram
City: Mosier
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 25, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jul 10th, 2018
Start: White Ridge; SoBo PCT mi. 1123.4
End: Disappearing Crk; SoBo PCT mi. 1141.5
Daily Distance: 18.1
Trip Distance: 201.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 102
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Guestbook Entrys: 13

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Mt Shasta w/ cones at base

Shasta to Castle Crags

There was a little color to the sky surrounding Mt Shasta when we woke this morning. It was quite lovely.

We stopped for water at White Ridge Spring, just a short distance from camp. Our app told us it would 13 miles to the next spring, so we loaded up.

As we walked along, we saw many gorgeous views of Mt. Shasta. After 10 miles, we entered the Castle Crags Wilderness. As soon as we crested the next hill, The Crags came into view. What a rugged looking rock formation!

As we approached Castle Crags, we could still see Mt Shasta. Two very different, but equally beautiful, sites.

The PCT travels along two, finger-like ridges of Castle Crags. Today we switchbacked down, and back-and-forth around one finger. It was quite warm, and vegetation was sparse, so we appreciated getting on the shaded side of the "finger." At a distance, Castle Crags looks rugged and majestic. Up close, you can see holes through to the other side, unusual patterns in the rocks, and even animal formations (if you use your imagination). We discovered something new every time we looked! It was a marvelous day of hiking.

When we reach the water source after 13 miles, we both felt we had plenty to reach our destination for the night, Disappearing Creek. The name should have made us leary, but the app said if the crossing were dry there would be water further upstream. That didn't quite work out as planned. When we reached our campsite, there was no water, at the campsite or upstream. I had just enough to cook my dinner, but we'll be walking a mile or so before breakfast tomorrow morning. Oops!

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