Walked 10 miles to Trout lake for a resupply. The huckleberry lemonade is good. Looking forward to Goat Rock wilderness and Mt Adams in the next few days.
A little higher elevation now, much more alpine. We can see Mt Adams and Mt St Helens. Soo much less hot than Oregon… it is easy to hike through the day without frying now.
Another 22 miles or so north. Still relatively low elevation, but much cooler than Oregon so far which makes the hiking much more enjoyable. Saw some clear-cuts. Someone told us that is Mt Adam’s we can see.
Crossed the very windy Bridge of the Gods over the Columbia River gorge and now we are in Washington for the next 500 miles.
At the rate we are walking we probably wouldn’t get to the Canadian border until after Oct 1st which is the end of our ‘weather window’. Thus we are skipping ahead to the Washington/Oregon border. This way we hope to get through the North Cascades to the Canadian border with better weather and the we can come back and finish the Oregon section. To this end we have mailed out all of our Washington resupply packages and will drive a rental car up to the Washington border tomorrow. My guess is cell service will be spotty at best in Washington…
Passed 1700 miles. Now we are in Ashland, Oregon taking a day or two off.
Woohoo. Finally out of California and into Oregon!
Up before sunrise to climb out of the valley before it gets too terribly hot. Lots of poison oak along the way.
Walking down to Seiad Valley. Feet are getting a bit tired these days especially because of the 6 mile road walk. Staying at the RV park which has a tv with the Olympics.
Into the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Surprise surprise, it is also nice.
Into the Russian Wilderness. Also nice.
In the Trinity Alps. Pretty nice place.
Leaving Mount Shasta after taking two nights off. Due to a miscommunication with our driver we skipped 25 miles and were dropped at Gumboot trailhead. It was probably for the best though, the first 10 miles were a hot miserable uphill.
Views of Mt Shasta. Climbed out of the river valley and dropped down to I-5. Good views of Castle Crags. Cross the Sacramento River. A nice Swiss man on vacation that we met on the trail gave us a ride to Mt Shasta city. We will spend two nights in Shasta before picking up our resupply on Monday at the post office and heading towards Etna, CA.
Down to the McCloud river with lots of poison oak.
Walking towards the McCloud river.
Resupply at Burney Falls state park.
Wake up early to get the Hat creek rim walk over. It was hot. A little under 100F. No shade, and hiking on black lava rock. At least there was a little bit of a breeze. Cross 1400 miles. Stop at the Burney Mountain Guest Ranch for the night which was an awesome place. Great homemade burritos for dinner and a very friendly family.
Walk through a lava tube (subway tunnel). Fill up on water and head up to the Hat creek rim which is notoriously hot and has a 20 mile dry stretch. The walking wasn’t that bad tonight though, and the views were good.
Walk through burn areas in Lassen park. Get some nice views of Lassen peak to the west. Found a nice spot to camp next to Hat creek outside of Old Station, CA.