Mile 1845 to 1867
We wake in our mosquito pit and start hiking towards Mount Thielsen and more importantly Thielsen Creek, our glacial water source. We come upon a water cache at the fire service road. We do not take any, proud that we have carried and managed to ration our own.
The creek water has awesome flow and is extremely cold. The views of the mountain make hurrying off impossible. We take our time, filter water, soak our feet and tend to Kevin’s growing blisters. For lunch we treat ourselves to tortilla wraps with tuna, cheese and an entire bag of Frito’s, which gives it needed crunch.
Today we reach the highest point on the PCT in Oregon, which at a measly 7,560 feet is not particularly impressive. We are however high enough to check in with Terri and hear that a battery pack is on its way. We can now begin using our GPS and map applications more regularly.
We face a long waterless and campsiteless stretch. The side slope is extremely steep. We find a reasonable spot to cook dinner on the trail. After a short break, we push on towards a small saddle, hoping it will have a flat spot for our tents. We are in luck. Except for the trash from previous residents, we find a completely acceptable patch of dirt to call our home for the night.