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PCT - Timberline Lodge to Columbia Gorge

Backpackers: Carl Fisher, Ed Tucker, Brian LewisTimberline Lodge

August 13, 2005 (4 miles) - This backpacking trip starts at Timberline Lodge where Brian and Carl meet up with Ed who has already been on the trail for several days.  We all had a meal at the lodge (which was so-so) and hit the trail at 5:30 PM.  The group hiked to the junction of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) with Paradise Trail.

August 14 2005 (13 miles) - We hit the trail at 7:00 AM and did river crossings of the Sandy and Muddy Rivers.  Nothing dangerous but the Muddy River was the least improved.  The day ended at Lolo Pass where we camped and had to walk almost 1/2 mile to pump water from a very small stream.  Water had been Crayfish ready for boilingsparse on the trail after the river crossings.  The camp spot we choose was was near overhead power lines and two gravel roads that were pretty busy for being in the middle of nowhere.  Carl celebrated his 50th birthday today.

August 15, 2005 (15 miles) -  Again on the trail at 7:00 AM with a temperature of 72 degrees.  Early in the day we had some nice views of Lost Lake, Mt. Adams and Mt Saint Helens.  We arrived at Wa

htum Lake at 3:30 PM where we decided to make camp and go swimming.  Ed caught a crayfish which we boiled and had for supper.

August 16, 2005 (15 miles) - We chose to not hike the official PCT and instead took the Eagle Creek trail which has several wonderful waterfalls.  The best waterfall is Tunnel Falls where the trail leads behind the water fall.  The trail was all essentially downhill all day with excellent tread.  We exited the trail, ca

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a pre-arranged taxi service who directed us to go to the entrance of the Bonneville dam and they would be there in two hours.  This required a two mile road walk and going under the highway.

Ramona Falls with Brian, Ed, and Carl in front