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Jack "John Deer" Wallace
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 24, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Sep 5th, 2018
Start: Truckee River Ford
End: 5 miles south of Carson Pass
Daily Distance: 17
Trip Distance: 211.0

Journal Stats
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Guestbook Entrys: 3

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First ridge to north of Carson Pass

Truckee Rivver or bust

Today was a long day hike. I drove to Carson Pass and started north. I thought the initial uphill section would be a great place for snowshoeing or cross country skiing in winter. I crossed over a saddle and there was a short descent and flat section to connect with my turnaround point at the Truckee River. On the way back I did a short detour to the Meiss cabin (should be spelled "mice"). I got back to Carson Pass before noon and enjoyed my lunch at the picnic benches near the visitor center chatting with the volunteers.

Then I headed south from Carson Pass for about 5 miles. This took me up and over a saddle. There were plenty of day hikers before the saddle but I saw nobody after that. This ridge area was volcanic then things turned back to granitic near the bottom of the descent. There was some water access along the way but every place close to a nice camping spot was completely dry. I then started a long climb which would eventually cross the dirt part of Blue Lakes Road. As I climbed, the skies got very dark. I did not want to be on the south side of that ridge I crossed if things went electrical. Just as I turned around, a helicopter buzzed me. Not sure why; training; looking for somebody; looking for lightning strike fires?

As I started back, the skies became increasingly ominous and I really picked up my pace to get back over that ridge. Obviously, I survived.

Back at the parking lot, I passes a car and I thought I recognized the hiker. I said "Why Not?" It was her so we caught up on our adventures. A nice surprise.

Now I had to find a place to car camp. There was a large snow park parking lot at the junction of the highway and Blue Lakes Road. I found 2 of the volunteers from the visitor center also using this lot as their base camp.

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Jack Wallace aka John Deer

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. Join the PCTA ( to support this trail.


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