Date: Monday, 24 July 2017
Start: Camped by the trail at Mile 1947.7, 5404 ft
Finish: Camped by the trail at Mile 1972.3, 6510 ft
Daily Miles: 24.6 PCT
Total PCT Miles: 1432.0
Weather: Warm and sunny with some cloud in the afternoon
Breakfast: Tortillas and peanut butter
Lunch: Candy bars
Dinner: Rehydrated chilli mac with cheese
Aches: Ribs still very sore
Highlight: The Three Sisters region was a scenic surprise and delight. For some reason I had expected the PCT in Oregon to mainly be in the forest, but in late morning, after a long climb, I emerged into striking alpine country. It started with a long pumice plain overlooked by the giant Southern Sister and then the trail made its way up the western side of The Three Sisters, crossing pretty alpine plains alternating with patches of dark forest and the occasional lake. To the right and high above were the jagged rocky peaks, bare rocky lava flows and small glaciers. I took lots of photos.
Lowlight: None really.
Pictures: Click here
I was walking by 6:20am, expecting another day in the green tunnel, which was true until about 11:00am, when after a long climb I emerged into some breathtaking alpine scenery (see above). There was always something new to see, and although the trail going was a little slower and there was some snow to negotiate in parts, I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the great scenery.
I only saw a few PCT hikers, but did encounter a number of youth groups out on multiday hikes, perhaps attesting to the popularity of the area. I did see a lot of butterflies (monarchs?), and a lot fewer mosquitoes as the day wore on. That’s a trade I’m happy to make.
My aim was to have another good mileage day, and I achieved that, reaching a very pretty campsite around 6:45pm. There was already a girl with a dog in residence, and the dog did not seem to appreciate my presence, so I back-tracked about 100 metres to a spot I had seen on the way in and camped there. I have 9 miles to Mackenzie Pass and Hwy 242 tomorrow and will aim for an early start and hopefully hitch into the town of Sisters in time for a late breakfast. I have no accommodation booked, not having had phone service for over a week, so that will be one of the first things to sort out on arrival. Looking forward to a day off.