2007-07-31 The long descent

July 31st, 2007

The deer continued to be unafraid last night. Even to the point that it got a kick on the nose when it tried to lick the bottom of Rocket Cop’s sleeping bag.

We started with a tough climb and I was certainly glad we hadn’t tried it last night. After reaching a saddle with views back to an impressive rock formation called King’s Castle the trail goes along the crest, dips to a saddle and climbs steeply up the other side. Unfortunately we turned west on the more prominent trail at the saddle and descended a few hundred feet before finally stopping to consult our maps. We retraced our steps and before long found Tiki and RestStop taking a break, also on the wrong trail. We were glad not to be the only people dumb enough to make the mistake, and they were too because they hadn’t noticed anything was wrong and were still heading down.


Kings Castle

Together the four of us got back to the saddle and took the real trail northwards. From that ridge we could see the smoke filled valley of Happy Camp, evidently still burning but luckily for us it is over a ridge from the PCT.

All afternoon was spent descending towards and then along Grider Creek. According to Tiki, the humidity, the forest and the lack of views are comparable to the Appalachian Trail. A hike I never intend to do.


Tiki and Rocket Cop

After a short eternity we finally reached Grider Creek Campground, which is really just flat areas with picnic tables and a gravel car park (an American hiker told me “car park” sounds like a place cars go to have fun). It also have a flowing river with swimming holes which I intend to use before dawn tomorrow.


A creek with no name

More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Etna to Ashland

Distance today: 25.2 miles. Total distance: 1654.6 miles

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4 Responses to “2007-07-31 The long descent”

  1. Bex Says:

    Hee hee! I love the image of a car park that you have just given me! What do American’s call car parks then??

  2. Levi Says:

    Parking lots…

  3. Peter Says:

    What if there isn’t lots of parking?

  4. Denis Says:

    I think some places have “Parking Littles” if they can’t accommodate “Parking Lots”