Oregon complete 500 to go

The Timberline to Cascades Locks hike was only 50 miles and mostly down hill. Left Timberline after buffet breakfast( fantastic food) at 9:00 trying for a thirty mile day. Hiking around Mt. Hood is spectular. Great waterfalls and snow fields

Only got 29 miles out of Timberline on first day but camped on a ridge and watched a great sunset through the trees. Next day took the Eagle Creek trail to Cascade Locks. The trail was very steep with lots of loose dirt. I fell coming down one section an twisted my knee. No major issue except for being sore.

Grouped up with three other hikers after breakfast and planned to swim at Punchbowl Falls. Got past he falls and took a “shortcut” down to the creek. Unfortunately I slipped and slid down the hill over 50 feet bouncing over roots and rocks was able too stop my fall but lost some skin on my right arm and got some great bruises on my butt. The rest of the group decided to take the normal trail to the creek and skip the shortcut. ( smarter then me)

After stopping the bleeding I was able to swim and relax a bit at the falls  A good crowd of day hikers were there swimming and relaxing at the falls as well  

Left the falls and hiked the final 7 miles to Cascade Locks. Called my college friends, Chuck and Debbie in Portland and Debbie picked me up. I also picked up new shoes, equipment and a resupply box at the Post office

Went to Portland to relax for two days before the final 500 miles Had a great time with the Raby family seeing Portland and even going wine tasting. 

Back on the trail on August 28th. On to Canada!!

Leaving Timberline
Mt Hood View
Mt Hood and waterfalls
Mt Hood looking back
Tunnel behind falls
Tunnel falls on Eagle Creek trail
The Tunnel!!
Tunnel Falls
Last mile of Oregon
Maude my new best friend
Dinner with Chuck and Deb.
Wine tasting at the Dusty Goose
Dinner with the Raby’s. Great friends

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Onward to Mt Hood

Hiked out on McKenzie Pass headed to Timbeline Lodge on Mt Hood 112 mile away.  The area is beautiful with Mt Jefferson and Mt Hood rising above the terrain. I ran into trail Angel Coppertone who I saw before at Echo Pass near Lake Tahoe he had a big group at his site so I just said hello and kept hiking. 

Once I got off the lava fields the hiking got easier. There were lots of people on the trail both thru hikers and section hikers. At Breitenbush trailhead a angel left two coolers full of drinks and fruit. Cold watermelon was a great treat on a hot Saturday. Was able to make good time and got to Timberline in four days a day ahead of schedule. My resupply box was at the Lodge and they had a open room. Nice to spend a day relaxing hanging out at the pool/hot tub

Over 2000 miles completed
looking back to Sisters
Heading to Mt Jefferson
Palisade Lake
Fallen trees over the trail
Mt Jefferson
Hiking through the forest
Little Crater Lake
First view of Mt Hood
Approaching Mt Hood
Timberline Lodge – used in the film “The Shining”

Into the Volcanos

Hiking north out of Shelter Cove into central OR and the very cool mountains of Batchlor and Sisters. The peaks rise up above everything else and make for a dramatic hike. This section also has lots of lakes and obsidian deposits. Also some tough hiking across lava fields. This 100 mile section was one of my favorites. At Desane lake I stopped for breakfast and while I was boiling water I heard a large splash in the lake. Looking up I saw bear cub had fallen off a log into the lake. There were 2 Cubs and a mom walking along the lake. The Cubs were a bit crazy and kept climbing trees then coming down and running to catch up with mom. Very fun to watch from the other side of the lake. 

A friend of Tom Lonzo and Brad Sasser ( great friends from high school) who lives in Bend, OR contacted me and offered to pick me up and take to his house, feed me , provide a shower and laundry. Ken met me at Mckinzie Pass and drove me back to Bend, took me shopping for a five day resupply and brought me to White Whiskers Ranch. Ken and his wife rescue older Golden Retrivers and Dalmatians. They have six fun dogs. Ken and Audry treated me to a great dinner with their neighbors Terry and Kathy. Ken made waffles for breakfast and drove me back to the trail. Tremendous resupply stop. 

View of Odell Lake
Rosasry Lake
Burned forest area
Stormy Lake. calm today
Can you find the Bear?
Desane Lake with bears
Mt Batchlor
Getting closer!
Obsidian deposit
Trail into lava fields
Ken’s house in Bend
One of the great dogs
Sarge snd his toy
Lava fields tough hiking

Crater Lake to Shelter Cove

Left Crater Lake Rim and camped in a dry very popular site there must fave been 30 hikers.  PCT hikers usually go to sleep early 8:00, but there was another group that was making lots of noise till after 11:00.  In the morning a deer came walking by my tent and laid down right next to the tent – crazy deer. It left when I hit the side of the tent. The next day planned to hike 30 miles to Maidu Lake. Very dry section of the trail and also the highest point of the PCT in OR and WA.  Ran into trail Angels, Wolf and Nesse who were cooking burgers and providing drinks for hikers. They met each other hiking the trail in 2014 – Wolf is from Denmark and Nesse lives in Clayton, Ca.

Got to Maidu Lake went swimming and hung out gear to air out. Woke up around 1:00am to watch meteor shower. View was amazing.  Finished the section the next day hiking into Shelter Cove, on Odell lake. 

View of Summit Lake

It is all. downhill to Canada

Maidu Lake at sunset
Campsite at Maidu Lake

Diamond Peak range
Completed 1900 miles- yes!
Forests are very beautful in OR

Got a shower and resupply box

First 100 in Oregon

Flew to Medford, OR and took a taxi to REI for fuel. Got there before they opened so I had time to organize my pack. Ended up with fuel, new T-shirt and a replacement buckel for my pack.  Called a taxi and got a ride to Callahan’s Lodge where I exited the PCT in June. There were a bunch 20+ hikers with packs in the lobby so looks like I am still in the middle of the pack. Decided to have lunch there to delay my start on PCT. Started hiking around 2:00 heading to Canada. 

1st mile on the trail some angel put it water and cookies, a great sign for day one. 

Got my first 100 miles done by Wednesday getting to Mazama Village below Crater Lake. Ton of hikers hanging out but no rooms available also no resupply box. So set up my tent in PCT area and went to showers. Unfortunately 4 people were ahead of me so I walked back to the store and to the paid showers. Good news someone canceled their room and I got a motor inn room. Went back to camp site packed up gear and moved to room and took shower and went to dinner.  Next day hiked to p to Crater Lake – it is spectular!!

Landing un Medford. ready set hike
Starting trail with two Oregon section hikers
Looking North towards Crater Lake
Still a few downed trees in the trail
Crater Lake snd Devils Island
PCT hiker at the lake
Crater Lake Lodge looks very nice

Looking back on the lake from the rim trail

Vacation Over 950 miles to go

Enjoyed a fantastic two week vacation from the PCT eating and eating and eating some more. Ended up gaining back 15 lbs after losing over 30 lbs. Had a great time at home with family and friends. Even got to see a SF Giants game. I also enjoyed a week at the Lair, University of California family camp. Hiking, swimming, singing and watching shows. 

Giants game beautiful day by the Bay

Pool show Lilli on top of staff

Hanging out at tent playing games

Hike to Chewing Gum lake

Singing on the lodge deck

Lots of fun but time to get hiking again. Spot tracker goes on 12:00 on August 7th