PCNST--Mt. Ashland to Howard Prairie Lake

August 7-9, 1985

After Wednesday breakfast at Camp Apserkaha (Obsidian Camp Ross), four of us were shuttled to the trailhead at the base of Mt. Ashland near I-5. Much of the Crest Trail on this trip crossed private land so we were treated to a logging show after a short distance. After that the trip was quite scenic as the trail crossed BLM and private lands, following the ridge line most of the way. Pilot Rock was usually in sight and we walked right next to it that first day. Water is very scarce in that area, but we arrived at an old cabin next to a spring with a water faucet before 5 p.m. The wind had picked up that afternoon so we made camp, fixed dinner, and turned in about 7 p.m. to keep warm.

Thursday was a long day but very scenic. We reached Green Springs Summit (Hwy 66) shortly after noon. Little Hyatt Reservoir was our destination, but the poor camping area and lack of good water forced a decision to trek on to Hyatt Lake for good camping and free hot showers.

The Friday trip was a short one. We stopped at the overlook near Howard Prairie Lake where we were greeted by a group of Obsidian summer campers.

Backpackers were Henrietta Richmond, Doris and Merle Traudt and leader Wes Prouty. Merle and Wes have now completed all of the Oregon PCNST except for a short part from the California border to Mt. Ashland. The three day trip this year covered about 32 miles.


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