PCT – Day 64 to 65 – Snowflakes

Date: July 8 – July 920120714-114957.jpg

Start: A couple of miles beyond Big Lake Youth Camp

Finish: A few miles before Ollalie Lake

Distance: 48 miles (77.2 km)

Daily Average: 24 miles (38.6 km)

Total Distance: 2050.9 miles (km)


A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!

– Anon

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sublime sunrise and sunset views of Mt Jefferson. One of the highlights of the trip so far.
  • Awesome glissading opportunities; due to the steep snow-packed slopes it was often necessary to drop down into basins and then bushwhack up the other sides.
  • Of the 47 trail miles between Santiam Highway and Ollalie Lake approximately 40 were under a blanket of snow. The most consistently challenging stretch of hiking in the PCT in 2012……….so far.

LOWLIGHTS:

  • None. I love the challenge, solitude and unpredictability of navigating my way through trailless wilderness. 

NOTES & MUSINGS:

  •  Who would have thought there would be more snow in central Oregon in July, than in the High Sierra in late May/early June?

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