July 11 Howard Prairie Lake to Barton Flats Rd (PCT mile 1749 to 1759)

After an awesome breakfast, Rob and Alice drove me up to Howard Prairie Lake and dropped me off. Thank you so much Alice and Rob for being such good friends!

And so I hit the trail where I exited last year.

I hiked no more than 100 yards before I was passed by Bubbles and Hoarder from Santa Cruz, PCT through hikers. Although she does have a bubbly personality, Bubbles’ trailname is due to the increasingly number of blisters she has encountered on this trip. She carries a full roll of Leuko Tape on the trail and there is very little of her feet exposed. I’ll spare you the photo…

The wildflowers are great – many I do not know the names of

I came across one patch of Lilac that had large nests of caterpillars

Some had fallen from the bushes and were being overrun by hungry ants.

Water spots are less often in Southern Oregon, so I had to load up at the last stream and hiked over a hill and down to my camping spot.

I fell asleep by 7pm but was awoken by the sound of a bear tearing up a nearby dead tree. He/she visited several other downed trees but luckily didn’t come too near me.

Thanks for reading!

July 8 – Final prep before I start my 2019 Ashland to Canada PCT Section Hike

I’ve been itching to return and finish the Pacific Crest Trail after the shin splints episode that ended last years hike. I’ll be starting at the point I exited last year: Howard Prairie Lake, 24 miles east of Ashland.  This year I’ll be hiking about 900 miles, which will actually be my longest Section Hike. PCT-2019

I was hoping to start my hike in late May, but the long winter prevented that, and the continued winter conditions prevented a June start as well. And so I’ll start hiking on July 11, after a nice visit with my good friends Rob and Alice Diefenbach.

My rough itinerary is as follows:

PCT Mile Arrival Date Distance Daily Miles Food acquisition
Ashland 1719 11-Jul-19 20.2 carry
Crater Lake 1820 16-Jul-19 101 17.2 mail
Shelter Cove 1906 21-Jul-19 86 17.8 mail
Big Lake Youth Camp 1995 26-Jul-19 89 20.4 mail
Timberline Lodge 2097 31-Jul-19 102 16.7 mail
Cascade Locks 2147 3-Aug-19 50 20.5 buy
Trout Lake 2229 7-Aug-19 82 22.0 buy
White Pass 2295 10-Aug-19 66 19.6 buy
Snoqualmie Pass 2393 15-Aug-19 98 17.8 mail
Skyhomish 2464 19-Aug-19 71 13.4 buy
Stehekin 2571 27-Aug-19 107 15.0 mail
Manning Park (Canada) 2661 2-Sep-19 90 buy

This section is a bit more remote than the California sections and so I will have 6 resupply boxes mailed to me on the trail.  I’ll be buying food at stores near the trail at 5 locations.  I’ve got my boxes all ready, and the first two are on the way.  Liz will send the rest for me (thank you Liz!)


Once again I am backpacking stove-less: All my food is dried and will be eaten at ambient temperature.  Breakfast is oat bars and fruit bars (a’la Larabars).  Lunch is nuts, apricots, Kind bars, jerky, Snickers and Gatorade.  Dinner is salami, cheese, Fritos and cookies.  It does not sound all that great, but I’ve found it is what I will happily eat on the trail.

I’ll be updating this blog on as regular a basis as I can, as well as intermittent Facebook updates.  Subscribe to get notifications of new blog postings.  My GPS texting device (DeLorme Explorer) no longer supports integration with Facebook (so, no more “Camping here, all is well” posts), but you can track my progress against my intended route at the following web page: https://share.garmin.com/DaleM

Wish me luck, and thanks for reading!