Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The PCT in Southern Oregon

In mid-June, we traveled to Southern Oregon for two nights of camping along the Pacific Crest Trail.  After setting up camp along Hyatt Lake, Susanna dropped Jasper and I off at Green Springs Summit for the first leg of the journey, a 6 mile hike back to our campsite (northbound).  Jasper and I had a blast as we hiked through forest, alongside meadows and small lakes.  One stretch had spectacular views back toward Pilot Rock, Mt. Ashland and the Siskiyou Mountains.  Susanna set off hiking from our campsite and met us along the trail.

On day 2, Susanna and Jasper dropped me off along Dead Indian Road for the hike back to camp (southbound).  Temps were very cold for the first half of the day, but gradually warmed in to the 50's with a brilliant sun.  The hike took me along the flanks of Old Baldy with awesome views back toward Mt. Shasta.  About 18.5 miles later, I saw Jasper walking happily along the trail toward me and Susanna right behind!

After a crystal clear night with temps down to around freezing, we woke to mist rising above Hyatt Lake and Mt. Mcloughlin rising majestically in the distance.  After a short walk, we packed up and drove back to the Northern California coast. 

Little Hyatt Lake
Jasper meet me along the trail at the end of the 19 mile segment!
Views of distant Mt. Shasta from the flanks of Old Baldy

Jasper climbs the stairs down to our campsite along Hyatt Lake
Mt. Mcloughlin in the morning mist

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