Pacific Crest Trail
July 6-13, 1974
The Plan: Leave Green Springs summit on Hiway 66 on Sunday, July 7, arrive Dry Creek trailhead just south of Crater Lake boundary on Sunday July 14th.
The Trip: Left Eugene Saturday 10 a.m. Lunch at Chalet Cafe in Chemult. Left two cars at Big Lake Ranger station near Hwy 140. Party of eight arrived Green Springs summit 5:30 p.m. Hiked three miles to Little Hyatt Reservoir via new temporary route of the Pacific Crest Trail. Nice camp—no mosquitos. We hiked on back roads the first 21 miles.
Sunday: Broke camp at 8:30. Hiked 11 miles to Howard Prarie Reservoir. Made camp at 3 p.m. Jackson County Park Ranger went thru camp to collect $2 fees but told us policy was not to charge to Crest Trail hikers. (many thanks for their hospitality) Rained all night Sunday.
Monday: Rain!! Merle chopped wood—cut thumb and finger with axe. Party of 6 stayed in camp all day. Wes and Merle hiked back to vehicle at Green Springs. Drove to Ashland (18 miles) for stiches in fingers. Left car at Howard Prairie Lake.
Tuesday: No rain—cloudy and cool. Broke camp at 8:30. Hiked eight miles of temporary trail on roads to new trail over Griffen Pass. Hiked six miles of new trail to camp.
Wednesday: No rain. Partly cloudy and cool. Broke camp 8:00. Hiked eight miles including five to six miles, of new trail over lava beds with no surface fill over lava (under construction.) Merle and Dorothy picked up two cars at Ranger Station. Party of eight filled all counter stools for hamburger and pie at Fish Lake Resort. Made camp at Cascade Canal across Hwy 140. Wes and Merle shuttled car from Howard Prairie Lake to Hwy 140.
Thursday: Sunshine!! Dorothy felt flu bug coming on. Left for home. Wes and Merle shuttled car to Fourmile Lake. Party of seven hiked 7½ miles to Squaw Lake over new PCT which crossed Mt. McLoughlin Trail above 6000 feet elevation—made camp—finally caught up with mosquitoes.
Friday: Sunshine and clear blue sky—warm day. Grant and Pete stayed at Squaw Lake. Fished (no luck.) Wes and Merle shuttled car from Hwy 140 to Fourmile Lake. Party of five left camp at 11:30 with light packs. Made 13 mile round-trip hike over balance of new Pacific Crest Trail to Jct. with old Crest (skyline) Trail near Island Lake.
Saturday: Broke camp 8:30. Hiked two miles to cars at Fourmile Lake. Arrived Eugene 3:30 p.m.
Summary: It was a pleasant trip but very strenuous due to pounding on roads and lava beds and long distances between 1akes and creeks for good camping. This trip will continue north next year, on soft trail through the “Sky Lakes” area and Crater Lake Nat’l Park. Distance each day will be less. Join us with your 40 lb. pack. And on this one were: Connie Anderson (age 15), Mary Bridgeman (age 17), Grant DeBauw (age 14), Derek Hawkins (age 16), Dorothy Hayes (age ?), Pete Stasney (age ?), Merle Traudt (age 21), and Wesley Prouty—leader (age 21).