PCT 1952 – 1976
Miles Hiked = 24 + 1.5 side trail
I enjoyed my Rustic Cabin last night at Elk Lake Resort. As per usual this year, I was up at 5am and hiking out of the resort before 6. I had about a half mile road walk to the trailhead and then a 1.5 mile hike on a side trail to rejoin the PCT.
It was another cold morning – my thermometer read 37 degrees. I sent a good morning selfie to Donna.
After about two hours of hiking through the forest I had a view of Broken Top – it’s easy to see why it got its name!
A little later I had a view to the south – I could see the jagged peak of Mt. Thielsen that I had camped next to three nights ago. It looked a long ways away.
I hiked this section of the PCT a year ago with my granddaughter during a family VRBO-vacation in Bend (after I had ended my PCT hike in 2020). It was her first backpacking experience.
I was looking forward to hiking through the Three Sisters Wilderness again because it’s such a beautiful section of the Oregon PCT. The Three Sisters are three volcanos that are in very close proximity and are named South Sister, Middle Sister and North Sister. I begin to glimpse the South Sister.
I passed by a small lake
As I continued north on the PCT, I soon had unobstructed views of South Sister so I stopped in a shaded area, had a snack and enjoyed the view.
I continued north on the PCT
As I continued north through the Three Sisters Wilderness, I passed through meadows full of wildflowers
by beautiful streams of cold, fresh rushing mountain water
Burn zones full of dead, but somehow stately trees, trying to remain upright despite their horrific history.
And beautiful views of the one of the Three Sisters
Later in the afternoon, I passed by Obsidian Falls
Just above Obsidian Falls is Sister Spring that burbles ice-cold fresh clean water right out of the earth to create this stream and eventually the water falls.
Late in the afternoon I begin to have views to the north where I would hike in the next few days. I could see more jagged prominent peaks in my future.
As I begin to look for a place to camp, the trail turned a corner and headed up and over a medium-sized lava-rock hill
When I reached the top I had views of North Sister (left) and Middle Sister (middle).
Finally I found an area to camp that was close to another spring called Minnie Scott Spring
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