northbound through Oregon on the
PCT this summer.
These pages are meant to motivate and
record my planning,
training, and success.
I had never done more than 60 miles in one trip before; Oregon promised nearly 500 miles. This trip provided me with an excellent taste for long distance hiking. A slideshow and my journal from my Oregon PCT trip is online.
My ambitions are to divide the trail into three segments, each consisting of one state: Oregon in '97, Washington in '98, the whole PCT in 2000(?). I don't realistically know when I plan to hike California but most likely it will actually be on a thru hike from Mexico to Canada.
These links point to pages of related interest:
|Date||End Location||Hiking Miles||Highlights|
|July 27**||Medford||0||Last day in society|
|July 28||Long John Saddle||12||cows, no rain, OR/CA border|
|July 29||beyond I-5||19||Callahans, woodpecker, wildflowers, llamas|
|July 30||Fenced in Spring||8||Pilot Rock, other thru-hikers, rain|
|July 31**||Hyatt Lake||15||50 miles, Huburt Bluf, dragonflies|
|Aug 1||Big Spring||15||deer, coyotes at night, no people|
|Aug 2||Hwy 140 (Fish Lake)||15||Lava, lava, lava, no people|
|Aug 3||Summit Lake||10||people, 3 lakes, mosquitos|
|Aug 4||Luther Mt.||12||Blue and CW, off trail for water, ridges|
|Aug 5||Jack's Spring||16||Devil's Peak, snow, intensity|
|Aug 6**||Crater Lake NP (Mazama CG)||14||Elk, Oregon Desert, society(ick)|
|Aug 7||Grouse Hill||17||Crater Lake rim, martin, birthday, snow, Meadow Ed|
|Aug 8||Thielsen Creek Camp||17||views south, north, and up|
|Aug 9||Maidu Lake||12||lake, morning sun on Mt. Thielsen|
|Aug 10||Miller Lake||6||Jeff leaving the trail (lowlight)|
|Aug 11||Summit Lake||25||200 miles, Cowhorn Mt., Meadow Ed|
|Aug 12||unnamed green lake||16||Diamond Pk., snow, alpine meadow, the lake|
|Aug 13**||South Rosary Lake||13||Willamette Pass Ski Lodge (food), Meadow Ed (again)|
|Aug 14||Charlton Lake||16||people, southbounders, Bobby Lake|
|Aug 15||Cliff Lake||18||snake, forest fire burn, lakes & ponds|
|Aug 16||Hinton Creek||22||weekend crowds, viewpoints, lava, meadows|
|Aug 17||Lava Camp Lake||18||flowers and lava and mountains, snow lake, 3 weeks|
|Aug 18**||Santiam Pass||21||Bend, shower, lava tubes, 12 days song|
|Aug 19||3 Fingered Jack||5||clock shop in Sisters, Jeff continueing|
|Aug 20||Shale Lake||18||rain, clouds, fog, mist, drizzle, dampness|
|Aug 21||Breitenbush Lake||18||sunshine, Mt. Hood, snow on Jefferson Ridge, owl|
|Aug 22||almost Warm Springs River||23||Hood views, bear berries, 400 miles, clear cut hell|
|Aug 23||Dry Meadow||20||North part of Timothy Lake, Little Crater Lake, frogs|
|Aug 24**||Paradise Park||20||White River canyon, Timberline Lodge|
|Aug 25||Salvation Spring||19||Paradise Park, Bald Mt., river crossings, Elisa/Jean|
|Aug 26||Wahtum Lake||18||Lost Lake, rain on ridge, moss, slugs, oreos, sunrise|
|Aug 27||Cascade Locks||17||osprey, ice cream, home, done, fini|
|Aug 28||Eugene||.||Drop off Jeff|
|Aug 29||Portland||.||Powell's Bookstore|
|Sept 1||Portland||5||Forest Park in NorthWest Portland|
|Sept 2||San Diego||.||Fly from Portland|
I've digitized some of the photos from the trip along with the journal pages. Follow the links from the schedule above.
Oregon is simplier than the Sierras or Washington in September. The Sierras require an ice ax and cold weather gear. Washington requires lots of rain gear. Oregon is perfect except for mosquitos.
|Northbound Plus||Southbound Plus|
|Can continue hiking into Washington||Can continue hiking into California|
|end at Cascade Locks, 20 miles from home||Start at Cascade Locks on familiar terrain|
|Mt Hood river crossings later||Closer to support base (Hood River) early in trip|
|Follow the traffic flow||Meet everyone going north|
|Southern part ealier (more water)||.|
For those more interested about local hikes, I've tried to compile
my Training Trip Reports which includes
a bunch of local routes.
Watch the QC hiking mailing list for my
invitations to join me on my monthly hikes.
The best suggestion for hiking in San Diego
is to get a copy of