Wednesday, August 8, 2012

8 Aug - Day 107 - Deeper firs

From Klum Landing Campground on Howard Prairie Reservoir (Mile 1758) to creek beside Highway 104 (Mile 1780.6)

Total PCT Miles today: 22.6

Pan here.

Of seven species of fir native to the western US, Oregon has six. And we've seen them all. Now we have the on-trail fun of identifying Pacific Silver Fir and Noble Fir, and keeping them distinct from our White Fir, Grand Fir, and California Red Fir.

Today we pushed on northwards toward the sharp cone of Mt McLaughlin. We passed out of deep woods with our first huckleberries (yum!) and out onto slopes and hillsides of basalt boulders with nothing growing but chinquapin. We passes through the landscape on a carefully groomed red lava rock path. (thank you, PCTA!)

Still no mosquitoes to speak of .. . But we hear that changes near Crater Lake.

We hiked hard and fast to try to make Fish Lake Campground and restaurant -- but couldn't get a ride on Hwy 140. The restaurant closed. So we camped off the road in the deep woods by a roaring creek. Nice, since water availability has been more spotty, for all the deep green woods we bike through.

Bad reception so no pics can be loaded. Shucks.

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