to California border 500 miles
Summit to Crater
5th August Cascade Summit Resort We
arrived here mid morning and picked up our resupply box, showered,
pitched our tent nearby and started some 'serial snacking'. A few
other hikers turned up and there was a nice laid back atmosphere as
Sideshow got his guitar out and the rest of us dozed or chatted away
in the shade of a tree beside the wooden veranda of the shop front.
The A team with dogs, Sideshow, Mensa were there and two hikers we
hadn't met before- Scott Williamson (aka Let it Be) and
Rebecca. Scott, amazingly enough, was on his 4th PCT and
has completed the other long distance trails the CDT and AT. He was
seemingly in training for a double 'there and back' PCT hike the next
year. Martina organised everyone to chip in for a local pizza delivery
to the campsite that evening to end a lovely restful day.
chosen route out of Cascade Summit was on the Skyline Trail
which followed Trapper Creek upstream to Diamond View Lake.
Strangely enough, the PCT rarely followed rivers, tending
to traverse round hillsides and keep to higher ground, so
it was an unusual pleasure for us to follow this variant trail.
Diamond View Lake and Diamond Pk
moved into a dry forested region of lodgepole pine which was
one of our least favourite environments. The trees formed
a bit of a monoculture and didn't provide enough shade from
the sun for us. To add to that, the ground was now very dry
and dusty and we
Martina hiking through lodgepole pine
that the person in front kicked up a huge cloud of dust as they
hiked such that we ended up hiking 100m or so apart. For us it was
the 'Oregon Desert'.
had a new plan today to add a bit of variety to our hike. Instead
of camping mid evening, cooking dinner and sleeping, we thought we
would stop around 6pm and cook/eat dinner for an hour beside the trail
then move off and get a few extra hours hiking done in the cool of
the late evening and into the night. This plan was helped by the fact
that there was a full moon at the time and might mean that we could
cover more miles in the day.
it turned out, cloud moved in around 8.30pm so that we were walking
in the semi-dark but we still made it to Tolo Camp with more than
28 miles hiked.
needed to descend off trail to pick up stream water the next day as
we had a 16 mile waterless stretch to a creek at the foot of Mt Thielsen.
Our route took us along pleasant tree covered ridge tops before we
arrived at the creek at 3.30pm where we both promptly fell asleep
after making and eating an instant cheesecake. Perhaps our tactics
of hiking so long yesterday were not so good after all! Wisely deciding
to listen to our bodies we set up camp in this lovely spot below Mt
Thielsen. Another hiker, Sundog, arrived later on- Sundog is
a pharmacist in Arizona (when he is not hiking) and told us about
excellent hiking down there where there are cliffside Indian dwellings
August We knew we had 26 miles to go to our next planned stop
at Crater Lake village so we rose early and hauled lots of water for
this hot dry stretch. At about 4pm and after 20 miles we reached a
busy tourist road lookout over Crater Lake itself. And what an impressive
sight it was. A deep turquoise blue colour lake, seven miles in diameter
and formed around 7,700 years ago when volcano Mt Mazama blew up and
then collapsed in on itself. After a few days hiking ourselves in
the forest we observed some intriguing tourist activity here- one
RV trundled up to the viewpoint, the driver wound down his window
and started shooting a movie of the scene whilst the rest of the family
didn't even look up as they delved into their takeaway burgers. A
few minutes later they drove off- I presume they had 'done' one of
the natural wonders of North America!
was easy to leave this scene and hike for 5 minutes on the rim trail
round the edge of the caldera to stop on our own for lunch. It didn't
seem that many people left their cars or RV's here on foot, so it
the rim. Mt Thielsen behind
Wizard island in Crater Lake
Camp on Crater Lake rim
Crater Lake looking north
enjoyable 6 mile hike round the rim of Crater Lake took us to the
rim village where we met Sundog again and indulged in a $10 buffet
dinner. We decided it would be nice to camp on the crater rim itself
rather than in the forest so we walked a mile back up the trail and
discreetly set up our tent at sunset ( camping is not actually allowed
here). We were rewarded with a beautiful sunset and then with the
reflection of the moon on the lake's surface.
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