[pct-l] Castle Crags to Ashland
losthiker at sisqtel.net
Sat May 12 08:56:09 CDT 2012
1.July will be fine, and I'll bet most of the snow will be gone except for a
few north slope pockets. I'm going up into the Red Buttes today for a
2. Guidebook and Yogi's will be good for water reports this year. This is
basically a normal snow year in NorCal, and the melt is on big time now.
3. Take the PCT climb up the Devils, you'll be in shape by then, and the
views are great from the ridgeline. There's good spring water at Kangaroo
Springs in the cirque pocket meadow, Bee Camp, and at Cook Green Pass. I've
seen water in the spring at the old lookout, but don't count on it.
I've section hiked WA & OR and am now working my way through CA, starting
with sections P, Q and R. I've always used the PCT (Wilderness Press)
guidebooks and now I also have Yogi's. I have several questions:
1. any suggestions on when to go to still have water available but without
a ton of snow? (I'm looking at July -- is that too early?)
2. how reliable are the water sources listed for these sections in the PCT
guidebook and in Yogi's Handbook -- a bunch of them sounded pretty iffy.
2. planning to stay overnight in Etna -- is it hard to get a ride there or
back to the trail?
3. a local from Seiad Valley suggested walking Seiad Creek Road up to Cook
& Green Pass, as an alternative to the long, hot, steep actual PCT -- any
thoughts on this?
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