Day 97 (20180705): 1979.7-2014.8

Today I passed 2000 miles but did not notice the mile marker since I forgot to look for it.

 I love the light in the early morning

I love the light in the early morning

I started a bit earlier than usual as I wanted to get to Big Lake Youth Camp early and get laundry and shower done before lunch. I started hiking around 0535. To my surprise the mosquitos were quite active in the morning so I tried to hurry up with getting ready.

 More beautiful early morning scenery

More beautiful early morning scenery

As soon as I started hiking the mosquitos were no longer an issue and I did not have to wear my head net today.

 I had to cross a massive lava field today

I had to cross a massive lava field today

I had quite some miles to do before the youth camp and on the way I had some good views. Especially once I hit a big lava field that I had to walk across. Walking across this was not great but it was luckily not too long.

 The big open lava field provided excellent views

The big open lava field provided excellent views

 Lava field for days

Lava field for days

After this there we a lot of old burned areas on and off the rest of the day.

 Big burn area before Big Lake Youth Camp

Big burn area before Big Lake Youth Camp

I arrived at Big Lake Youth Camp around 1030. The camp offers great services to hikers in their hiker hut with showers and laundry. I did laundry for the first time since Ashland and had my first shower since Crater Lake. Lunch was at 13 and I passed the time on their WiFi. Lunch consisted of mac and cheese, peas and salad and was much better than my usual on trail lunch.

 It seems most days in Oregon have a bit of snow

It seems most days in Oregon have a bit of snow

As soon as I was done with lunch I left and started hiking again as I wanted to do another 20ish miles still and camp at Rockpile Lake.

 Three Fingered Jack

Three Fingered Jack

Before my camp there were 2 rather big climbs and I encountered a bit of snow. The section between the two climbs and the second climb had some bad trail with a lot of big rocks.

 Selfie near Three Fingered Jack

Selfie near Three Fingered Jack

In the afternoon and evening the wind picked up which I guess also contributed to me not being disturbed by mosquitos.

 Rockpile Lake where I camped

Rockpile Lake where I camped

Once I arrived at the lake 3 other people were camped there but I managed to find a decent spot. Before I went to bed I saw a lot of deer which concerned me as they eat hiking pole handles for the salt. Hopefully I will hear them if they try it.

The wind might make this an uncomfortable night and I am not sure when I want to start tomorrow. I have a rough plan for the rest of Oregon but tomorrow is one of the days with most flexibility.

My plan is:

Tomorrow pass by Olallie Lake for an early dinner and topoff resupply

Next day camp close to Timberline Lodge

Next day breakfast buffet at Timberline Lodge and camp as close to Cascade Locks as time allows

Next day hike in to Cascade Locks where I will stay for 2 nights.