Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 91: LASHer

Thursday, August 30, 2018 – 11.70 miles

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Visitor lurking outside my tent in the morning

Today was a genuinely clear day, the best since Oregon. It made me realize how far my standards have fallen that I was so impressed by the previous two days. Today’s clarity was caused by a strong west wind that blew cold and fresh from morning to night. Despite plenty of grey clouds, there was no rain.

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In the morning I crossed the Lemah River. The old bridge is gone with no apparent plans for replacement, judging by a fancy wooden trail sign posted nearby with instructions for a stock detour. The crossing was an easy rock hop today, but a SOBO hiker who I met a week or two ago said that he was swept off his feet during the ford.

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Lemah River with part of old bridge

After Lemah River was a long, steep climb up Escondido Ridge. The views from the top were stellar.

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The Three Queens

The Three Queens looked wonderfully ominous shrouded in cloud, especially from a certain angle that made it look like they were leaning slightly forward. I decided to rename them the ‘Three Arbiters’, and I named a mountain in the other direction ‘Mount Olympus’, since the sky above was always blue and sunny despite the gloomy clouds everywhere else.

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Mount Olympus in the distance
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Lots of shy marmots and pikas.

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Pika

Soon after reaching the high point, the climb downwards began, offering views of Waptus Valley and Waptus Lake.

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I made camp early at an established site with beautiful views. When I was finishing supper, two men arrived and discussed camping there, but the spot with my tent was the only somewhat flat spot available. Hiker #1 continued onwards while Hiker #2 stayed to eat supper. He was friendly and we had a nice conversation. He introduced me to the term ‘LASHer’, meaning ‘long ass section hiker’.

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Waptus Lake

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