Date: Tuesday, 01 August 2017
Start: Camped by the trail, and just behind Timberline Lodge, at Mile 2094.4, 6014 ft
Finish: Camped by the trail at Mile 2112.1, 3622 ft
Daily Miles: 17.7 PCT
Total PCT Miles: 1571.8
Weather: Very warm and sunny
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, hash browns & sausages, fruit salad, waffle with syrup, berries, choc chips & cream
Lunch: Roast beef & salad roll
Dinner: Rehydrated beef stroganoff with noodles
Aches: Strained right butt after a fall crossing a small stream (no other damage)
Highlight: The buffet breakfast at the Timberline Lodge (my daughter tells me the Lodge was used as the setting for the movie “The Shining”) lived up to its reputation, with a large assortment of delectable goodies. I sat on a table with five other PCT hikers and eventually left a little before 9:00am unable to eat another thing. However, most of my colleagues planned to stay in the restaurant until breakfast finished at 10:00am, just in case they could squeeze in a little more.
Lowlight: None really. I forgot to mention that my ereader’s screen was damaged two days ago, so I can no longer read. However, I ordered another online while at the Lodge and it should be in Cascade Locks later this week when I arrive.
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I was up at 6:00am, packed up by 7:00am, and leaving my pack in the trees, walked down to the Lodge where breakfast was served from 7:30am. Buses were arriving in the Lodge car park and scores of skiers and snowboarders were making their way to the ski lift which would take them to the ski field that was still open high up on the slopes of Mt Hood. It seemed a little incongruous with the high temperatures forecast and the sun already blazing down. I’m guessing that many were in a summer camp program, but there were all ages.
For breakfast, I joined a table of PCT hikers and had an enjoyable 90 minutes of eating and conversation (see above). Around 9:00am, I left and went to the cafeteria in the adjacent ski day lodge and bought a sandwich for lunch and some candy from the vending machines to top up my supplies for the next two days. I returned to my pack and was hiking soon after 9:30am on a very warm day with a very full stomach. I only planned on doing 18 miles for the day and the first part involved descending from Mt Hood, so I just took it easy and enjoyed the views.
Of course, it wasn’t all downhill and there was a swollen stream to cross later on that took about 30 minutes to find a way across (shimmying on a log) that didn’t involve getting my feet/boots wet, but mostly the trail was in old growth forest which was very pleasant. I took a recommended detour past Ramona Falls which were spectacular and whose spray lowered the surrounding temperatures by a large margin. It would have been easy to stay there for a while.
After another log crossing of a swollen stream, there was a long steep climb through more pleasant forest and then a long descent to where I hoped to get water and camp. I was later than I had planned (after 7:00pm) and was worried that the small tent site noted in the guide book might already be taken, but there was no-one there, perhaps because the tent site was really small and sloping. Beggars can’t be choosers and I set up camp though expect I will keep sliding downhill during the night into the large tree at the base of the tent.
It’s supposed to be even hotter tomorrow, but I’m planning to cover as much ground as I can, leaving a short distance on Thursday morning into Cascade Locks where I’ll have a day off.