Trail Notes: Elk Lake-Cascade Locks, OR – PCT, 9/1-9/3/17

Challenges like a long ascent can be a metaphor for living a fulfilling life – to feel truly happy while gaining a vast perspective – one must climb the mountain.

9/1 From Elk Lake to 11 miles south of the Timberline Lodge, in Oregon, the trail is closed due to several fires. After a long pause in Bend and a squirrelly head, I decide to not do the road detour, and instead get a ride from Bend, OR with a trail angel to 11 miles south of the famous Timberline Lodge.

I hike the 11 miles to Timberline and find Betty and Tim eating dinner upstairs in the lodge. I eat ceasar salad with bread and butter, and drink homemade orange lemon soda. The WPA lodge is massive and interesting as definitely worth another visit in the future.

That night I sleep solo within .25 miles from the lodge, on the PCT, with majestic views of Mount Hood.

9/2 Timberline Lodge morning with coffee. Hikers hang, reminisce the desert and Sierras, and reunite. I resupply.Leave Timberline at 9:30 am. Hike into the dark. Sore feet. Leap frog with Whoopie, Tim, and Betty.

Hike to mile 2113. 26.5 miles total.

9/3 Camp at 2113. solitary buzzing of bees and flies wake me. Body tight and tired. Wake to fire! Evacuation! Road walk! Bridge of the Gods! Portland!

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