Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 47: Wah

Saturday, July 14, 2018 – 16 miles

After facing ghastly numbers of mosquitoes throughout the early morning, I encountered two SOBO hikers who told me that the mosquitoes were even worse in the vicinity of Summit Lake. Wah… it so happened however that I arrived at the lake within the mosquito-free midday hours, so I was able to enjoy lunch there.

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Summit Lake

The trail then entered the Diamond Peak Wilderness, which was ominously full of shallow, stagnant lakes of variable water quality.

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Mosquito heaven

The forested section wasn’t particularly interesting, but the scenery became top-notch when the trail climbed into meadows with views of Diamond Peak. Still plenty of snow on the volcano.

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Diamond Peak

Because of the absence of eTrails data points, I was using paper maps to gauge the distance to my next water source, the headwaters of Mountain Creek. Every time I came to a dry streambed in that area I felt concerned, thinking that the creek might have gone dry since the last water report update. To my relief, I eventually found the real creek with a strong flow of water and clouds of mosquitoes. To block the hordes while filtering water, I added my rain jacket and gloves to my mesh suit: an impenetrable barrier. An impenetrable, sweltering barrier.

After the creek I began looking for a campsite, but the trail was suddenly sopping with pools everywhere and no established sites. I headed off-trail in a promising direction and bushwhacked until I found an acceptable site. The mosquitoes are so bad that I ran around to try to lose them before scrambling into my tent. There are probably 40-50 buzzing between the mesh and the doors right now.

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Again I’m not sure of the distance walked. Let’s say 16 miles.

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