Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16
  1. #1
    New Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Worcester, MA
    Hammock
    Hennessy Expedition
    Insulation
    DIY UQ
    Suspension
    Rings and webbing
    Posts
    29

    PCT attempted section hike

    4th of July weekend, I had planned on doing a section hike of the PCT from US 50 (Echo Lakes) to I-80 (Donner Summit) along the west side of Lake Tahoe. 3 days, 65 miles, solo, should have been doable. I had planned to go ~26 miles the first day to Lake Richardson - after about 15 miles, trees are supposed to be pretty sparse till that lake. Day 2, shorter to just before Granite Chief/Squaw Valley. Day 3, 21 miles to I-80 (even though the rest stop next to the trail has been under construction for seemingly 3 years).

    For 3 weeks leading up, I kept checking the snow sensors. 4" of snow was melting a day at the sensors. The only sensor with snow was the top of Squaw, where they still had about 36" of snow July 1st. Not prepared for that, I planned a bail out, camp a little earlier on the first day and take the Tahoe Rim trail where it forks off the PCT to Tahoe City where my wife and daughter were camping for the weekend. That was the plan.

    Saturday, July 2nd, we took off bright and early and drove up US-50 towards South Lake Tahoe. I got to Echo Lakes at about 8:15am and set off on a great, clear, cool day.

    There were a number of people who took the water taxi, but I didn't, and never saw them again. I took off around the lakes.

    After the end of Upper Echo Lake, the troubles started. At 10am, and about 7500', there was snow. Not a little snow, vast snow fields about 8' deep, which I wasn't prepared for. And it kept going and going.

    With a map and compass, I kept reasonably close to the trail, getting a bit off and ending up and Lake Lucille, which is supposed to be a quarter mile side trip off the main trail. Met 3 guys that were eating breakfast and deciding to go back instead of onwards to Lake Aloha - as someone had told them it was snow covered. My plans didn't call for that, so across the snow in light trail runners I went. Their report wasn't joking. Aloha was 100% covered by snow. At this point, I'm getting sick of snow and decide that I'm not making it to Tahoe City, taking the trail to Eagle Lake/Emerald Bay after Dicks Pass is a good idea!

    After passing snow covered Heather Lake, it's lunch time, and melt/boil some snow to drink. Heather Lake is somewhere around 7900'. And it's at this point: melting snow, eating lunch, and having no idea where the trail actually is, I hatch my last scheme. Dicks pass is over 9100', so I figure it's gonna be a lot of crappy snow. There's a stream out of Heather Lake that goes to Grass Lake and Fallen Leaf Lake, and civilization. I throw in the towel and bail, following the stream down out of the snow.



    Final total: 24 miles, 0 nights hammocking on the trail . 2 nights hammocking in the campground, so not a total loss

    Thanks for reading my crappy story

  2. #2
    Senior Member JerryW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    West Central Illinois
    Hammock
    DIY 11' & Bridge
    Tarp
    DIY Hex/Grizz Beak
    Insulation
    DIY UQ and TQ
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    1,155
    Images
    101
    Hey, at least you were out there. And safe. Beautiful scenery, too!


    Jerry
    The "Search" function is your friend!

  3. #3
    Moderator raiffnuke's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Pittsfield, MA
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.1 DBL, Camo Hideaway, ENO DN
    Tarp
    WB Superfly
    Insulation
    HG Incubator
    Suspension
    Whoopies&DutchGear
    Posts
    5,329
    Images
    44
    Quote Originally Posted by JerryW View Post
    Hey, at least you were out there. And safe. Beautiful scenery, too!


    Jerry
    +1. Nice pictures. Beautiful area.

  4. #4
    Senior Member ganon414's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Madison, WI
    Hammock
    DIY Warbird
    Tarp
    Guide Gear 12'x12'
    Insulation
    15* down bag & pad
    Suspension
    whoopies
    Posts
    127
    I'm sorry your trip didn't go according to plan...I still can't believe the snowpack out west this year. Nonetheless, great pictures and a beautiful dayhike. Thanks for sharing!

    --Tim

  5. #5
    mbiraman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    West Kootenays,BC,Canada
    Hammock
    Warbonnet BB DL 1.1 & Lite Owl
    Tarp
    Black MacCat Del.
    Insulation
    Yeti 3,4 & HRQ/HGB
    Suspension
    webbing/whoopie
    Posts
    4,366
    Images
    7
    Not every outing ends up the way we plan it. I try not to have many expectations and be more spontaneous but then i mostly hike alone and there are no section hikes near me to accomplish. Beautiful scenery there. Seems like the high country everywhere is late revealing itself. In my area we are continuing to get allot of rain and unsettled weather but i'm thankful we don't have the heat wave thats happening in other places. Getting out into nature is precious.
    " The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it."

    “The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.” ~Wayne Dyer

    www.birchsidecustomwoodwork.com

  6. #6
    Senior Member EricFromPortland's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Portland Oregon
    Hammock
    WB 1.1DBL, Eno DBL
    Tarp
    WB Super or Edge
    Insulation
    DIY TQ and UQ
    Suspension
    Whoooooopy!
    Posts
    143
    I grew up in Sacramento and spent many nights in this exact area. I am surprised to see THAT much snow.
    - Thanks for taking me down memory lane.
    - Of, that water taxi is a nice ride at the end of a trip. I have walked out many times but always bring a few bucks for the ride home.
    - One last thing, three days for HWY50 to I80 - you are brave and fast!

  7. #7
    dragon360's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Toronto, ON
    Hammock
    WBBB/TR, DIY, HH, SB DL, GT UL
    Tarp
    ID/OES/WB/WL
    Insulation
    HG/WB/Go-Lite/WB
    Suspension
    Whoopie/Straps/DW
    Posts
    6,294
    Images
    1
    Great photos! Very jealous of your hiking area.
    The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. - St. Augustine

    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
    - Bob Marley

  8. #8
    Senior Member KP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Outside of Atlanta, GA
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.1 Dbl; Nano 7
    Tarp
    Flat 8x10
    Insulation
    Yeti; CCF
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    335
    Wow. It sure wouldn't take me long to get used to living in a place like that. I'll say it again....WOW :0

  9. #9
    Senior Member ewok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Georgia
    Hammock
    HH Expedition
    Tarp
    BMJ
    Insulation
    SuperShelter
    Suspension
    Whoopies
    Posts
    138
    Images
    4
    I'll trade you some of our 110 degree heat indices for just a little of that snow.
    If it weren't for physics and law enforcement, I'd be unstoppable.

  10. #10
    Syb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Trenton, NJ
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.1 DL/DIY
    Tarp
    OES/WB Superfly
    Insulation
    Incubator/Burrow
    Suspension
    WB Straps
    Posts
    1,638
    Images
    41
    Not a crappy story whatsoever. It's just such a beautiful area that it is inviting you back again
    Syb
    Enjoy the elevation

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •