[pct-l] oregon pct in June

Halfmile list at lon.net
Mon May 24 11:10:19 CDT 2010

Last year I started hiking North from near Crater Lake (Hwy 138) on
June 27. In Oregon I ran into a lot of snow. In places I saw no sign
of the trail under all the snow for 5 or more miles. Seldom was the
trail actually blocked or impassable although occasionally it was and
I would have to make a short detour around some steep icy part and a
few times finding a detour was difficult. In Oregon the trail is
frequently in dense forest which makes navigating more challenging
when you can't see the trail. I had seldom hiked on snow before last
year, but eventually grew more comfortable hiking on it. Walking on
snow is more physically difficult that walking on dry trail and I did
grow tired of all the snow sometimes too. When I got to WA the snow
was gone. I only saw three other hikers in the 284 miles South of the
Eagle Creek Alternate, although I did see footprints a couple times
and heard voices off in the distance once and I would see people at
road crossings, campgrounds and resupply spots.

I don't know how your trip would compare to my June 27th trip, but
it's probably feasible as long as you are comfortable navigating alone
through snow covered forests with no sign of the trail for many miles.
You will encounter Mosquitoes.


On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 8:12 AM, Lynette and Anthony Tovar
<mountaintovars at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I am planning a solo hike of the Oregon section of the PCT (north to south) with a starting date of June 11.
> One Oregon PCT vet thinks the trail will be blocked with snow.
> The PCT book by Schaffer and Selters says I will be mosquito infested.
> Am I crazy?  Is the trip feasible?
> Thanks in Advance,
>      Wizard Mentor (Wiz)
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