Pacific Crest Trail Pacific Crest Trail - 2018

Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 53: Weird and Amazing

Friday, July 20, 2018 – 15.10 miles

Fantastic hiking today. The trail wound through flowery meadows past a bizarre rock mesa to bizarre South Sister, which looked like a blob of clay with scoops taken out of it.

South Sister

Then came the Obsidian Limited Entry Area, and views of Middle Sister and a peak that I think was North Sister. I’m hoping to get more views of North Sister tomorrow.

Middle Sister
Obsidian Falls

The mosquitoes were annoying in the morning, but overall much improved from before Elk Lake. I saw a beautiful striped mosquito, aedes aegypti, that my mother later identified as dangerous. Now she’s worrying that I’ll get a disease (of course).

Aedes aegypti

Progress was slow today since I was stopping every minute to look around, so I ended up searching for a campsite until late. I came to an established campsite that looked nice until I noticed a cathole only metres from the tent pad. It looked like a case of a ranger cleaning up after someone since the distribution of dirt beside the hole was indicative of a shovel. I then saw nutshells at the edge of the campsite, so it was doubly disqualified.

I ended up camping near the edge of a gorge, which I later realized was the edge of a vast lava flow. My little scenery junkie heart is overflowing with joy.

By Krista/Bane

Thru-hiker, LASHer and packrafter from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Enjoys walking slowly, seeking out ice cream whenever possible, and just generally being uninspirational.

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