8/17/18. Sleep until 6 AM this morning and then hit the trail Hiked 16 miles into Cascade Locks and PCT days. Many hikers will gather there for the next 2 to 3 days as we learn about the trail and equipment available. I crossed the Columbia River into the state Washington. I got a motel in Stevenson and will meet Brian Stephensen here
8/16/18 Hiked 33.4 miles to trail mile 2130.3 Got up early and hiked around Mount Hood. mI ran into No Nuts, Bonfire, Minnie and Bear and hiked with them most of the day. The forest just thick with vegetation including not only blueberries but huckleberries now. Hiked a little off trail to a beautiful waterfall.At lunchtime came to the road and there was trail magic was someone providing us watermelon, fresh fruit and sodas and a place to sit. Hiked till 9 pm had dinner and went to bed.
8/15/18 Hiked 18 miles trail mile 2096. Got a ride into Government Camp for quick resupply. Climbed up sandy trail to Timberline lodge on Mount Hood.
8/14/18 Hiked 33.2 miles to trail mile 2078.8. Hiked 10 miles by 10 am and 15 miles by noon. The forest is beautiful in this area with many old growth areas. Blueberries are coming into season giving us a tasty treat. Camped today at small lake that was clear and cold and 40 feet deep called Little Crater Lake.
8/13/18 Hiked 25.7 miles to trail mile 2045.6. Good views of Mount Jefferson. Hiked through a considerable burn areas today with interesting warnings. Shoes falling apart from hiking on lava. Camped and picked up supplies at Olillia Lake resort
8/12/18 Hiked 28.5 miles to trail mile 2019.9. Past the 2000 mile mark. Just 650 miles left to go. It was another clear day with great views of Mount Washington.
8/11/18 Got a ride from the town of Sisters back to the trail in the late afternoon after re-supplying. The trail is quite rough and slow going due to a 4 mile lava section. Hiked 7.7 miles to trail mile 1991.4. It was cooler and windy but clear giving me some great view of the sisters mountains.
8/5-10/18 8/5/18 Got off the trail at Ashland and caught a ride with the Howell’s to Diamond Lake about 130 miles to avoid the smoke. Camped at the trail head on Sunday evening 8/5.
Got up early on Monday 8/6 and hiked 30.6 miles with Bear Cub whom I had last seen in Desolation Wilderness. The trail was definitely less smoky with easier hiking.
Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday (8/7-9) I followed the same pattern of getting up early and hiking late. On 8/10 I got up early and hike 21 miles to McKenzie Pass and got a ride into the town of Sisters for resupply.
Want to get to Pacific Crest Trail days at Cascade Locks by 8/17. Brian Stephensen will meet me there on 8/19. That means I need to hike about 27 miles a day with a couple of nero’s for resupply.
In Oregon the forest has been much more consistent but there are quite a few areas
that have been burned out. Wildflowers are plentiful.
There are many lakes and ponds throughout the region which makes getting water much easier. The Cascades are a volcanic region with numerous volcanoes and lava flows.
8/4/18 Hiked 4.1miles to trail mile 1718.7. Got up early and hiked to the Ashland turn off. Short hike easy miles. Then caught a ride into Ashland got a motel did my laundry and got a shower. Oh the simple pleasures. Resupplied for getting back on the trail and spent the night in Ashland.
8/3/18 Hiked 26.9 miles to trail mile 1714.6. Passed into Oregon and passed 1700 mile mark. Cooler today. Hiked in forest most of the day. Met groundhog from New Hampshire at lunchtime. Hiked with him the rest of the day. Hiked with groundhog.