July 18 – More Than I Could Wish For

MORE SLEEP
MORE MUSIC
MORE TEA
MORE BOOKS
MORE SUNSETS
MORE CREATING
MORE LONG WALKS
MORE LAUGHTER
MORE HUGS
MORE DREAMING
MORE READ TRIPS
MORE FUN
MORE LOVE
MORE GOD

Mount Thielsen Trail to PCT
4 miles
Trail Junction to Mile 1869 – Mount Thielsen Wilderness
10 miles

Bus, train, train, trolley, car, walk

That is what happened over the last 24 hours to start walking on the Pacific Crest Trail north of Crater Lake, Oregon.

Most everything went smoothly transportation wise until the trolley pulled out of the station in Klamath Falls and had engine trouble. But because of that, great things happened. A car from the trolley service picked us up and because it was so late they offered to drive me right to the exact location I got off the PCT 2 years ago. The best.

I started walking about 2:00 in the afternoon today. The day was beautiful, clear, and cool. This is such a contrast to when I was here 2 years ago. Then it was foggy, lightly snowing, and snow-covered the ground…everywhere.

The highlights today were: Mount Thielsen’s majesty, the smooth gentle trail, hiking at lower altitude (so much easier and without a bear canister), and passing the highest point of the PCT in Oregon and Washington. I didn’t see a single hiker today, but am expecting to meet a few PCTers soon.

Starting at the exact location from 2012
Starting at the exact location from 2012
Mount Thielsen
Mount Thielsen
A bit of snow on trail
A bit of snow on trail
Thielsen Creek
Thielsen Creek
Beautiful trail
Beautiful trail

 

Nature Art
Nature Art
PCT sign love
PCT sign love
Oregon/Washington PCT High Point
Oregon/Washington PCT High Point

10 Comments

  1. Welcome to Oregon! Will you be hiking the OST to Shelter Cove? I’ll be hiking that sobo this weekend.

    -GoalTech

    • Well we missed each other!! I wished I would have taken the Diamond Peak route. Have you done both?

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      • I did the OST from Shelter Cove to Crescent Lake as a day hike since we were staying at Odell for a long weekend. I’ll be doing the official trail on my sobo section hike from Shelter Cove to Fish Lake in 3 weeks (fires permitting). I’m looking forward to getting closer to Diamond Peak. In my sobo hiker-trail-magic tradition I carried cans of Mtn Dew and Coke in my pack with a bag of ice poured over the top of it to give to any nobos I might meet…alas I met none, so we had ice-cold pop all along the trail. It was good “training weight” for my upcoming hike none the less! 🙂

        -GoalTech

        • Okay that is just plain hard-core! Heavy. I wish I would have taken the Diamond Lake route. Although the sunrise and sunset from Diamond View Lake was a monumental experience.

  2. Such a beautiful area. I’m glad you’re able to do this section of the PCT. Great photos.

  3. Lots of More and a big smile sporting a trucker hat! Have the time of your life. -The curled tree branches is a cool shot too!

  4. Looks like a great section of the trail

  5. I can imagine how wonderfully fragrant that is! Are you using a SPOT?

    • I have never used a Spot. Thought about it many times. I know on a section hike like this it would have been helpful for others to know where and when to meet me on the trail.

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  6. glad to see you made it. The trail angels
    are definitely with you !

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