Navigation Menu
Pacific Crest Trail – Days 2/3 Lower Twin Lake to Timberline Lodge

Pacific Crest Trail – Days 2/3 Lower Twin Lake to Timberline Lodge

on Aug 11, 2014

After our first day we were all a bit tired and worried about Yogi and The Professor being able to continue on with us. Yogi had some pretty serious blisters going on and we definitely wanted to put her health and safety first. We gave them the option of bugging out if the felt they needed to and there was some serious consideration before we all agreed that we had plenty of time reserved to complete the trek to our destination and that we could take a rest day at Lower Twin Lake to let her feet heal so that the two of them could continue on with us. The first night we had some visitors. After dark, I was woken from my sleep by a noise that sounded vaguely like a log rolling down a hill. Stalker, who was in a hammock about 10 feet from where my tent was, called out, “Did you hear that?” I replied, ”Yeah, what is it?” Feeling slightly nervous I turned on my headlight and tried to look out the little windows on the rainfly of my tent. That was a useless venture as the light just reflected back in on me and I could see nothing. I turned out my headlight and looked outside to see nothing but darkness. Stalker finally confirmed that we had deer running around in our camp. Fortunately, they were not creatures that we really needed to worry about. We learned the next morning that Yogi and The Professor had one sniffing about their tent. They smacked the side of the tent and the animal proceeded to get spooked, try to run and clothesline itself on a rope they had hung next to their tent. The next day, not much happened. Stalker and I took a little walk up to Upper Twin Lake. It was nothing really spectacular… just a similar lake higher up on a hill. Most of the day was spent discussing how many miles and what the goal for the next day would be, lazing around camp, and eating as much food as we possibly could to cut down weight on our packs. We had all packed too much food and decided the natural...

Read More
Pacific Crest Trail – Day 1 Timothy Lake to Lower Twin Lake

Pacific Crest Trail – Day 1 Timothy Lake to Lower Twin Lake

on Aug 3, 2014

So after months of preparation and packing and repacking and stressing out about food and how far to hike and having to change our plans multiple times due to forest fires and things, we finally set off. We got an early start. Stalker met us at our house and we loaded up the 4Runner and headed off to pick up The Professor and The Yogi and be on our way. Fortunately picking them up was on the way so we didn’t loose much time. On the way to our starting point the excitement was building. We were having a good time talking about last minute details and pack weights and what a good time we were about to have. We were like children about to head into a candy store!Soon we were on the turnoff for Timothy Lake. Then the dilemma began. Did we start at Little Crater Lake, or did we head further down the road to the big Pacific Crest Trail sign. Sure it would add 5 miles to our hike but we were fresh and ready to go and ready to throw caution to the wind for the chance to take our picture with the big sign that signified, YES, we are hiking on the PCT! To the sign we went! As we unloaded the excitement continued to build. We were about to set off, on foot and be on our own for a whole 8 days! We ran to the sign, even though it was on the wrong side of the road, facing the southbound path! It also had red tape and detour signs because of the forest fires but we didn’t care. We were headed north; the stupid sign placement wasn’t going to stop us from our picture taking glory so the world would know we were starting on the PCT! We got our pictures, hugged my wife and said our goodbyes and headed off into the wilderness. We were southeast a bit from Timothy Lake so we had to hike for a bit until we saw it. Starting out on the hike we noticed how heavy our packs were (mine weighed in at a hefty 45lbs) but we didn’t care. We were hiking...

Read More