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City: Hood River
Begins: Jun 25, 2018
Date: Mon, Jul 16th, 2018
Daily Distance: 17.1
Trip Distance: 284.4
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Hit the trail early to beat the heat, and boy, was it a hot one today. I think it was the hottest day yet for us. The trail entered a large meadow that we instantly thought looked like the plains of Africa, or the Serengeti to be more specific. Golden colored alfalfa/wheat field shone in the morning sun. A large pipe laid across the trail when we drew closer to the Powerhouse. Looks like the Powerhouse was pumping water up the hill to wherever it went. As we were took our morning break, Seasoned Strider mentioned that we were only three miles from the Burney Mountain Guest Ranch and wouldn't a cup of coffee taste good! Well, we quickly packed up... The trail crossed us over a bridge by the Powerhouse and alongside Baum Lake, home to a variety of waterfowl. We were surprised to see white Pelicans fishing for food. It was such a peaceful place, I would love to go back and walk the entire loop trail and kayak the lake someday.
We cruised up the hill, until we saw the sign to the Burney Mountain Guest Ranch, hung a left, saw a nest filled with Osprey baby birds that were obviously ready to fledge, and a 1/4 mile down the dusty road we arrived at the Ranch. We made it just in time for breakfast, coffee, AND a free homemade dish of strawberry ice cream. Yum. There were a handful of thru hikers waiting out the heat before they continued on. The Ranch has a nice setup, including a "General Store" catering to thru hikers, a "Goat Shed" where hikers can clean up, fill water bottles, wash clothes, and take a shower. If one was inclined, one could even take a swim in the pool. What a setup!
After spending more time than we anticipated, we rejoined the PCT heading north. We only had about eight miles to go to Burney Falls State Park, but it felt like it took forever in the heat. Took a short break and a thru hiker stopped to visit. His trail name was Daddy and he explained that he was so tall, 7 feet tall, that he towered over everybody so it was like a daddy taking his children for a hike. He hikes 4.25 miles an hour, over twice as fast we can do. Such a nice guy from Bellingham, WA.
As we were crossing the last road before the State Park, there was Dave waiting for us with cold beverages. Only one more mile to go! Onward... finally arrived at the State Park and there was Dave again waiting to pick us up. I did get a blister on the top of my second toe due to the heat today. Still dealing with the healing blister from a couple of weeks ago on the left side of my heel. I don't normally get blisters so I've had to re-educate myself in treating them.
Once we arrived back at the motorhome, we took quick showers and then headed down the road toward Reno. We are spending the night at a Rest Area alongside the huge semi's that ran their generators all night. Tomorrow we head toward Lone Pine and prepare for the Sierra section of our PCT hike. 17.1 miles today.
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