Location of Hike: Lodgepole and PCT Trails
Trail Number: 706
Weather during Hike: Sunny
Hiking Buddies: Bodie (my dog)
Start Time: 10:30 AM End Time: 4:00 PM
Hike Distance: 11 miles
This is pretty dry country. The Olallie Meadow campground was closed and looked like a war zone since they had cut down so many trees due to disease and fire. Here is Olallie Meadow:
There were a lot of wood cutters there cutting up the downed trees. The hike started out great – not too many bugs and the temperature wasn’t too bad. It continued to get warmer and warmer throughout the day, and this trail doesn’t have a lot of protection from the sun. I didn’t bring sunscreen (oops!), so I tried to cover my neck and head to keep from getting sunburned. I was mostly successful in that regard. The PCT was in GREAT shape, and I met quite a few people on the trail on my way to Olallie lake. I opted not to stop at the Olallie Lake store on my way through due to having Bodie with me (he isn’t too good around people). I crossed the 4220 road and went by Head Lake and stopped shortly after that at an unnamed lake to have lunch. It was nice – in the shade, next to a lake. The bugs weren’t too bad, either. Bodie took the opportunity to lie down in the lake to cool off a bit.
After the lake, we headed west, to meet the Red Lake trail, passing a few small lakes. We met the Red Lake trail – where we were two weeks earlier that had snow covering the trail – the trail was free of snow and we had an uneventful trip to the Lodgepole trail junction. We hiked up the Lodgepole trail a ways, and stopped at Lower lake to cool off a bit. It was starting to get pretty warm, especially when you are hiking. After a short rest break at the lake, we continued on to Cornpatch meadows (a very interesting place) and finished the hike.
I saw the place we took the wrong turn at the beginning, and the last mile of the hike seemed to take FOREVER. Probably because I was hot and tired and I just wanted to get back to a comfy seat and some A/C. We went down to the Olallie Lake store to see the improvements they made and I bought a cold drink.
All in all a great, although DRY day. I underestimated the amount of water I needed and had to stop a couple of times to fill my bottle. At least there were lots of lakes to choose from.