Day 16: A Little Bit of Heaven

PCT Mile 2074 – 2084

Miles Hiked = 10

Last night I spent the night with my good friends Tom and Karen in their beautiful house in West Linn (near Portland). I was fed well. I enjoyed some good wine. I took a shower (actually two). I did my laundry. We had good conversation. We watched some Olympics. And did I mention that I was fed well? It was a little bit of heaven after being on the trail for over two weeks. Thanks so much Tom and Karen – you are great friends and I appreciate your help so much.

Tom had a flight today at midday so Karen and I took him to the airport and then Karen drove me one and a half hours back to the trail. How great is that?

I was back on the trail today at 2pm at mile 2074. I left the trail yesterday at mile 2028. So I missed 46 miles of the trail. 21 miles are officially closed because of the big Lionshead fire last year. The remaining 24 miles are open but they are very remote and difficult to access on a paved road. Starting at mile 2074 was the most practical solution for me under the circumstances.

The trail started in a dense forest on a very smooth well-traveled trail.

I passed by Timothy Lake which has several campgrounds as well as designated dispersed camping. I self-registered for a dispersed camping permit,

but ended up hiking past Timothy Lake and didn’t need the permit.

Often near trailheads or areas where there is easy public access there will be signs reminding everybody that the PCT is only open to hikers and equestrians. It’s not open to mountain bikers or motorized vehicles.

Timothy Lake is a big lake.

With a beautiful marshy meadow at the end where the creek outflows from the lake. There were a few Canadian Geese.

The trail continues in the forest after passing the lake. Soon there is a short cutoff trail to Little Crater Lake, a spring fed pond that is a crystal clear icy 34 degrees as well as forty-five deep.

Early in the evening I reached a campsite in the forest next to a natural spring. I set up my tent, enjoyed a freeze-dried dinner and enjoyed a different “little bit of heaven” by myself in northern Oregon.

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