170710 – Into Oregon

Day:  078
Date:  Monday, 10 July 2017
Start:  Camped by the trail near Alex Hole Spring at Mile 1680.7, 6588 ft
Finish:  Camped by the trail at Mile 1704.8, 6959 ft
Daily Miles:  24.1 PCT
Total PCT Miles:  1164.5
Weather:  Warm and sunny
Accommodation:  Tent
     Breakfast:  Muesli
     Lunch:  Gorp
     Dinner:  Teriyaki rice with salmon
Aches:  Right shoulder troublesome 
Highlight:  It was otherworldly in the first half hour, in the dawn light before the sun had risen, hiking through a dark forest along a pine-needle covered trail and climbing over the occasional snowbank.

Lowlight:  I could have done without the huge snowbanks covering a large portion of the trail on a mountainside around noon.  To get around them involved arduous cross-country hiking on steep and slippery terrain and was both time- and energy-consuming.
Pictures:  Click here

Position:  Click here.
Map:  Click here for Google Map

I had a short and disturbed night’s sleep.  A small herd of cattle, with bells tinkling, was always moving in the vicinity, and twice came very close to my tent, which was a little unnerving in case they accidentally trod on me.  On both of those occasions, I flashed my headlamp at them and created a minor stampede away.

I still managed to get on the trail by 6:20am, hoping for a good mileage day, but realising that I was going to be tired.  The terrain was much the same as the previous afternoon, with the trail keeping near the top of a long broad ridge and alternately passing through dark forest or across open stony meadows with great views in all directions.  A milestone was reached at 10:00am when I crossed into Oregon from California.  Of course the trail still had plenty of ups and downs, oscillating between 5000 ft and 7000 ft, but on the whole it was good and the hiking enjoyable.  

An exception was some unexpected snow on the north-facing slope of one of the mountains.  It was impossible to follow the trail, and I ended up labouring cross-country and around the snow until I could pick up the trail again.  It was only a mile or so, but cost me a good hour and lots of energy.

Following that section, I decided that I would load up with water at a spring I passed at 4:30pm, and then stop at the first place I found to camp after 6:00pm, which was how it worked out.  I’m camped in a little forest thicket on the side of a rather bare Mt Ashland at 7000 ft.  Tomorrow, I have just over 10 miles to Interstate Highway 5, from where I will hitchhike into Ashland for a two-night stay.

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3 Responses to 170710 – Into Oregon

  1. dale williams says:

    Hi Dave. Really enjoying the journey vicariously with you. The scenery the last two days that you captured in your pictures was particularly spectacular. Glad you have not shared the experience of the 4 you bumped into the other evening at the RV park. Best wishes. Dale

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  2. judy says:

    loving the piccies…the cattle reminded me of a similar time camping, but it was next to a tidal river which caused the cattle to move close to my tent….take care & keep the emails coming

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  3. Jo Ridley says:

    Hi Dave, I am really enjoying reading your daily reports (now I am getting them) Tammy loaned me “Wild” with the intention of having a glimpse of the terrain you are covering, and while I really enjoyed it in that respect, the movie itself was a bit of a drag. It reminded me that we had “The Runner” with David Horton, and that gave us a real insight into the challenges of the PCT. I am in awe of your adventure, and your drive, you are very inspirational Dave. Things here are a bit same old, and we are all missing your smiling face every Saturday morning. Keep safe, with love Jox

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