2007-08-08 Oregon “desert”

August 8th, 2007

The scenery sure changed for the better today. Within the first few miles I was seeing far distant horizons, lakes down in the forest and modest but jagged peaks. In the afternoon I saw two more southbounders that briefly had me wondering about yo-yo-ing the southern two thirds of the trail ;-) Would that qualify me as a thru-hiker?

Oregon hills

Those two girls, and four horse riders are the only people I’ve seen all day. The trail register at the Pumice Flat trail junction showed a bunch of PCTers that I know are only a day or so ahead. Speed Stick, last seen at Agua Dulce, and Jacob, last seen at Rodreguez Spur (day 4!) are among them. I’ve stopped a couple of miles short of Highway 62 near Mazama Village because I don’t want to do 30 miles today, no matter how easy it would be with this flat terrain. I’ll roll in tomorrow, reach Crater Lake rim with a nearly empty pack and start finding a way back to Ashland.

Oh, the “Oregon desert” is just an area where pumice and ash from the Mazama volcanic eruption in 5700 BCE covered all the streams in a big-ish area and now there is no surface water. Plenty of trees though so I hardly noticed the change.

In Oregon even the desert is green

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

Distance today: 27.2 miles. Total distance: 1827.6 miles

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One Response to “2007-08-08 Oregon “desert””

  1. Levi Says:

    Oh, there’s plenty of desert in Oregon, don’t be fooled. Go East past the Cascades and you’ll really find out in the high plateau lands. The Cascade range soaks up all the water and doesn’t let much past, so you’ll be in green all the way through to the North, however.