Day 122 – 8/11/15
Crater Butte trail
Miles – 26.8
Total Miles – 1954.7 (PCT 1891.2)
It was noticeable clearer today. We cold see details in the mountains as we past by. Looking back to the south was still very smokey. A group of bicycles were coming over one of the dirt roads that cross the mountains and they told us that yesterday the Crater Lake park service closed the campground at Mazama because of extreme, thick smoke. We wonder what they did with all the hikers. They do not have any way to leave and if the store closed they could not get their food. We’ll see what happened when someone catches up with us. We saw three hikers today we have not seen since Whitewater Preserve in Southern California. They were Brother Dude, Coppertone, and Day Dreamer. That was so long ago we vaguely remember them. It was a hot day and all the hikers were standing in a pool of water that was once a fish hatchery. Today’s hike was pretty easy. We traversed around to Six Horse Spring. This spring is .4 miles off the PCT and down 300′. We left our packs at the top and hiked down. It was quite a climb up carrying full water bags. The trail next wrapped around the mountain and dropped down to Windigo Pass. This is where we met the cyclists. They were taking a detour because of the smoke however the dirt/gravel road was to much for them. They were waiting for a van to come and pick them up. As one of them was riding in, he blew out the side of his tire with a loud bang. We left Windigo Pass and headed up over the next small range of mountains. This dropped us down to Summit Lake. We hiked to the far end and then headed up the next ridge. Partway up this ridge is where our day ended. We are about 13 miles for Shelter Cove and we should get there just after lunch. I think all we will do is sort our box and get showers, then hike out.