170722 – Willamette National Forest

Day:  090
Date:  Saturday, 22 July 2017
Start:  Camped at Shelter Cove Resort at Mile 20.5 of the Oregon Skyline Trail, 4802 ft
Finish:  Camped next to Charlton Pond at Mile 1922.6, 5735 ft
Daily Miles:  17.3 PCT,  plus 2.2 to PCT from Shelter Cove Resort. 
Total PCT Miles:  1382.3
Weather:  Cool at first then warm and sunny
Accommodation:  Tent
     Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs, sausages and potatoes 
     Lunch:  Candy bars
     Dinner:  Rehydrated chilli mac with cheese
Aches:  Injured ribs and side still very painful with sudden or awkward movements, particularly when lying down in bed.
Highlight: Some lovely forest trail today.  There were some hills, but the surface was generally soft and easy, the trees provided protection from the warm sun, and there were glimpses of lovely lakes and endless forest.

Lowlight:  Breaking my spork (had to buy a pack of picnic plastic cutlery until I can get a replacement), and of course, the mosquitoes.
Pictures:  Click here

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

I was packed and ready when the resort grill opened for business at 7:00am on a cool and beautiful lakeside morning.  I ordered a big breakfast and took my time eating it while enjoying the peaceful scene.  The resort was large and full, but apart from some early fishermen, it was slow to get going.

I started walking a little before 8:30am, and chose to walk the road from the resort to the point where it intersected with the PCT.  Apart from one jogger I had the road to myself, and 45 minutes later was back on the PCT.

From there, most of the day was hiking on lovely trail in the “green tunnel”.  Actually, its mostly a sun-dappled brown and grey tunnel, with little undergrowth, and the green is high overhead.  There were some weekend hikers out, and people camped by, and swimming and fishing in, some of the beautiful alpine ponds the trail passed which are only accessible to hikers.

During the day, the PCT climbed as high as 6600 ft, and there were a few patches of snow, but this was probably the easiest trail of the whole trip so far.  I reached my goal of Charlton Pond soon after 5:00pm, and as expected am sharing the pond with some weekenders, including a large and loud family group not too far away.  Hopefully they don’t stay up too late, though I’m tired and doubt I’ll be kept awake.

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