August 4, 2017
Total daily miles: 25.8 miles (15.1 miles PCT; 8.7 miles Hwy 22; 2 miles FR 4220)
Total PCT miles: 1645.2
Start: Whispering Falls Campground/Woodpecker Ridge Trail (mile 2026.8)
End: mile 2052.1
Total elevation gain/loss: 1366.8/2597.4 ft (PCT section only)
Today we faced the difficult decision of what to do about the fire reroute. But first, figuring out what the fire reroute is after yesterday’s news that the entire Mt. Jefferson Wilderness is being (has been?) closed. Easier said than done.
Our morning view.
August 3, 2017
Total daily miles: 26.7 miles
Total PCT miles: 1619.9
Start: Rockpile Lake (mile 2012.3)
End: Whispering Falls Campground/Woodpecker Ridge Trail (mile 2026.8)
Total elevation gain/loss: 1935.7/3869.8 ft (PCT section only)
What a day! Today did not go as planned. Trying to get around the fire in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness has left me physically and emotionally exhausted. It’s one of the few days on trail where I feel like I could cry at the end of it. This is a long one…
We got up extra early this morning with the hope of getting out of the smoke and on the fire alternate as quickly as possible. The air was clearer this morning then it was last night. I hoped that was a good sign of things to come.