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Pacific Crest Trail in 2016

My daughter, Birdie, and I are going to hike a 66 mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail in southern Oregon at the end of May 2016. We're planning to take seven days, averaging about 10-12 miles a day. Originally, it was going to be 100 miles long, and average 15 miles a day, but persistent snow on the trail changed that plan.
Light bulb goes on

As sometimes happens, I was at work one day in early October 2015 when I suddenly had a flash of inspiration - like a light bulb going on above my head. I should challenge myself to walk a section of the Pacific Crest Trail some time next year!

I'd had a conversation with a friend not long before in which we talked about some recent movies that I had watched featuring long-distance walks. The one I enjoyed most was Walk In The Woods (2015) (with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte), and also The Way (2010) (with Martin Sheen) and finally (slightly disappointingly) Wild (2014) (with Reese Witherspoon). I initially dismissed the idea in my mind, but the seed had been planted. I couldn't practically take five months off work to go hiking across the country, but I can certainly take ten days to do a small section of it, and I had just the place in mind.

I have always wanted to see Crater Lake in southern Oregon. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) goes almost right by there. I could kill two birds with one stone. The terrain isn't too mountainous, the weather should be okay and it's a well established scenic trail with lots of documented tips on what to see and how to survive walking in the wilderness there. So I started reading more about it and watching videos on YouTube.

The more I looked into it, the more the idea appealed to me. I could go at the end of May. It should be warm enough by then, and not too hot.
Crater Lake weather at the end of May 2015
In 2015, at the end of May, it was warmer than normal with daytime temperatures in the 80s and around 50 °F at night (10 to 27 °C).
At that time of year, sunrise in Klamath Falls, OR, is at 05:40. Sunset is at 20:30 (8.30 pm). There are almost 15 hours of daylight.

In the eight months before our departure, we've had lots of opportunities to improve our strength and stamina. Indeed, part of the idea was for me to push myself and give myself some tangible goals to aim for as I walked further and regain some of my former levels of fitness.

Elevation changes on the PCT from Fish Lake (OR 140) to the north side of Crater Lake (OR138)

Between the beginning and the middle of the original route, there is a 2,500 foot change in elevation. That would have been hard work. The revised route will be much flatter. 

As the plans mature and the hike takes place, I will post links and resources at the bottom of this page, and most of the day-to-day updates will appear on my blog (
** Update: May 2016 ** Plans are still proceeding, despite the bad news about the snow. We've acquired all the gear that will be needed and are now testing both it and ourselves. Everything is looking good at the moment.