“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder
Mile 4 Mount Jefferson Detour to View Lake – Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood Wildernesses
21.1 miles + 9.5 hitch hike
Welp today couldn’t have gone better.
Except… just as I finished the detour around the fire closure, I learned that they were opening up the PCT Mount Jefferson closure tomorrow. Although I am thankful for the scenery, food, and people I met today.
The Marion Lake trail on the detour to the highway was gorgeous with flowing streams, views, and lakes with no burn area. Early morning I watched a flock of geese in V formation gracefully swim across Lake Marion. Very peaceful.
At the end of the fire road, I ate a huge breakfast and pie without crust (gluten free version) at Marion Forks Restaurant. What a huge treat! I had decided to hitch a ride on the highway part of the detour. As fate would have it, a great family of men from Bend going backpacking went out of their way to give me a ride. It was fun talking with them. They were actually carrying a fully loaded ice chest up to Marion Lake. Crazy.
As I got back on the trail, I stopped to talk to a lovely group of men from the Pacific Crest Trail Association doing volunteer trail maintenance. I am so grateful for the improved condition of this little section of trail. Thank you to all the volunteers out their making this trail a pleasure to walk.
My route then lead through the very popular Jefferson Park that is nestled directly beneath Mount Jefferson. It is a wonderland.
The trail then lead up to a pass that is known for snow. As I climbed, a few backpackers were turned around because they could not find foot prints to follow on the north side and didn’t have a GPS.
Sure enough when I reached the top…pristine snow. I had fun boot skiing down and making new tracks.
Tomorrow I am hoping to see Drop n’ Roll. Many of you know her from her very entertaining and informative Continental Divide Trail blog last summer. Silly Chili and I hiked with her and friends for a month and a half last summer. She lives in Portland and said she would find me on the trail. She surely must have special powers.