August 2011- Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail around Crater Lake
At one point in our young married life, Trish and I were under the impression that we could hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon in chunks. Since we both work full time, this seemed like the most practical way to hike the PCT, but as anyone who starts researching the PCT knows, it is not an easy trail to break into chunks, partly because there are vast sections of trail that have zero vehicle access.
Another problem we faced when trying to accomplish this goal was transportation. The PCT never loops back on itself; it moves north to south, no questions asked. So on the few hikes we actually have done on the PCT, we’ve had to drive two cars, a very impractical endeavor when backpacking. Still, here is one of the hikes we’ve done along the PCT. It is the section from Mazama Campground to Highway 138. Altogether, it is a little under 30 miles, with some moderate elevation gain and drop throughout. We did the hike in two days, although it could be broken up into three days if someone really wanted to take their time.