Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 66: Grider Canyon of Outhouses

Saturday, August 04, 2018 – 13.30 miles

Forest walking in the morning with views of Mt. Hood and two other snowcapped volcanoes that I tentatively identified as Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier.

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Mt. Hood
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Through a conversation with E., I had started thinking that the Eagle Creek alternate was open after the 2017 fire closure, but I arrived at the Indian Spring Campground to find the trailhead blocked off. The campground itself is an odd place. It’s listed as abandoned on the paper maps, but there’s still a trash can and I also found a dilapidated outhouse (one could call it the Grider Canyon of outhouses) from which the door and much of the siding had fallen.

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The Grider Canyon of outhouses

The trail to Indian Spring was blocked off as part of the fire closure, but I saw running water only a few metres past the closure sign, so I crossed and collected water and returned to a picnic table to cook potatoes.

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Later in the day, the trail passed into a burn area.

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I started to worry about finding somewhere to camp, but around 6:30 PM I reached an area that hadn’t been burned beneath the trail. Locating a flattish piece of ground, I pitched my tent. There are mosquitoes, but they’re different from the mosquitoes I’ve encountered so far, having a sense of self-preservation and therefore the tendency to fly away as soon as you make any movement. They’re almost impossible to kill, but I haven’t gotten any bites either.

I’m still writing this journal on my phone despite losing all those entries, since I figured out that I can lock notes so that deletion requires a password. Reclaiming power from my leg.

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