to California border 500 miles
Locks Oregon to Ollalie Lake
Locks on the Washington/Oregon border. Cascade
Locks was a natural place for us to rest for a day as we had just
completed Washington state with a final long 147 mile section. We
had noticed that in Oregon the trail didn't pass by any large towns
where we could shop for provisions easily so we decided to do a large
shop in Cascade Locks and mail the supplies to ourselves via general
delivery to three points through the state. Our diet and shopping
requirements were quite unusual and we received some strange looks
in the supermarket as we bought industrial size quantities of pasta,
soups, chocolate, nuts, raisins, breakfast muesli and dried milk.
M&Ms were a favourite as can be
here as we used our motel room to repackage the food into smaller
bags and week-long parcels.
managed to briefly visit the city of Portland to refresh some of our
worn gear by hitching in and, due to a frustrating lack of public
transport around, we reluctantly took a $60 taxi back to Cascade Locks.
It was here that we finally jettisoned our ice axes as the snow looked
to be receding fast and the temperature was a hot 25C.
17th July We left Cascade
and the Washington border
via the local diner for a fulsome breakfast and headed away from the
official PCT to hike the Eagle Creek trail south. This promised some
unusual river and waterfall scenery and seemed more interesting than
the PCT here abouts.
Martina dives into Devils Punchbowl
was soon born out as we hiked up alongside a steep river gully with
lovely waterfalls of all shapes and sizes tumbling over fallen trees,
basalt rock and moss. As the temperature was now sizzlingly hot we
were soon debating over the best pools for a dip and discovered one
at the Devils Punchbowl with its very own tree to serve as a diving
board. It was extremely refreshing and reminded us that it was our
first proper trailside swim since leaving Canada. As it is a great
pleasure for both of us to swim outside in rivers and lakes we were
now on the look out for any potential locations!
a further climb up the river gully we arrived at Tunnel Falls - a
beautiful waterfall where the trail has been tunnelled in
Tunnel Falls Oregon
the falls high up above the main river valley.
that evening, we eventually made it to camp at about 4,300 feet and
18 miles at Indian Springs after a hot day of climbing.
day, after an early start at 7am to put in some miles before the heat
built up too much, we came to a clearing to see Mt Hood nearby - a
lovely snow draped volcanic cone. Our hiking though, was mainly along
a tree covered ridge with occasional views out to Hood and also Mt
St Helens Rainier and Adams to the north. Higher up on the slopes
of Mt Hood we emerged out onto vivid green open alpine pastures, dotted
with flowers and crossed by tumbling streams and found a great camping
Hood from a forest clearing
the alpine slopes of Mt Hood
drifted around the mountain as we traversed its slopes next morning
before coming across Timberline Lodge- a ski resort which was still
open on 19th July! Our trail south descended back into trees
on hot hard ground and I began to suffer sore feet with new running
shoes I had bought in Portland. Martina also was suffering much worse
than I was and it seemed that the Giardia picked up first in mid Washington
still hadn't cleared her system yet.
started out the next day from Little Crater Lake and Martina was exhausted.
Five miles further on we hit the edge of Timothy Lake and saw
some fishing boats on the sparkling water. We rested by the side of
the lake and sat on a log and to my horror, Martina went grey and
blacked out! I was panicking and although Martina came round quickly
we both got a huge fright. Our priorities changed, and after a half
hour rest we walked round to a campsite we could see at the far end
of the lake and set up camp and had some food. By mid afternoon Martina
was still dizzy so we decided to abandon the trail for the moment
and head for the nearest doctors surgery.
took us a couple of hitches to reach Sandy, about 30 miles
east of Portland where we found a doctor and a motel. Martina was
very weak still, quite dizzy, was sick through the night and having
difficulty holding down food.
hung about in Sandy for a couple of days whilst Martina rested then,
when she was strong enough to move around, we rented a car and explored
the northern Oregon coast and had some fun being normal tourists.
On the 27th July we drove back to Sandy and Martina received
her diagnosis from the doctor- she still had Giardia! She was given
another course of drugs and we both decide to return to the trail
at Timothy Lake to see how things would go from there.
Sunset on Timothy Lake
both enjoyed sleeping beside the lake under the stars again that night
and were glad to back on the trail if a bit apprehensive about how
Martina would do. Our next day we managed a good start with
a pleasant 10 miles to Warm Springs mostly walking in forest and accompanied
by loud evening thunderstorms. The forest hiking continued as we headed
south towards Olallie Lake where there was a ranger station, small
shop and hopefully, our resupply parcel that we had sent from Cascade
Locks. We made it that day covering an incredible 21 miles and Martina
was delighted to discover a great little camp next to small Head Lake
nearby to Olallie which was perfect for swimming.
from Olallie Lake south to Cascade Summit...