25th August 2015

Mileage 27.1

Trout Lake (2237.1) to Pondside camp (2264.2)

Countdown to Canada 395.9 miles, 637km

This is not my normal daily writings, for today I took the roadwalk detour around Mt Adams and I realise there are hundreds of hikers behind me that may appreciate the following information. At the time of writing there was nothing much available.

The hitch from Trout Lake back to the trailhead was easy enough. Less than five minutes wait and the first car picked up Crunchmaster and I. We set off on the road detour. As the trail closed yesterday nobody had yet walked the detour. In fact there was no official detour that we knew about until a group of us hikers asked some questions of some Rangers and formulated our own plan. Late last night two other hikers, Johnny Walker and Puzzler set out on the road walk, we followed this morning.

The trail is closed between Halfmile 2226.35 and 2250.5 or Guthook mile 2237.1 and 2261.5. The road detour I took headed north on Forest service road 23 (FS23) for approximately 11 miles. There were several other roads turning off but it was clear which road was FS23. There was plenty of water including a good stream with waterfalls after about 6-7 miles. You could camp here if very desperate but the first 11 miles offers little good camping options. Check out the photos further below.

At about 11 miles I turned right onto FS2329. This is clearly marked. Follow the sealed road uphill on the right for about another 11 miles. There are many sections of dirt road during the next 11 miles. Follow the obvious main road at all intersections except at the turn off to Takhlalh Lake campground. This will make sense when you see the photos below and are on the road. There are 3 campgrounds on this route, I didn’t visit any so don’t know how far off the route they are or if there is water etc. There is not as much water on this stretch as the first 11 miles but the longest section without water is about 3 or 4 miles. There are many camping options on this section, many near water. 

After approximately 22 miles turn right onto a small unnamed forestry road. Hikers using the Guthook app will be able to easily navigate the last couple of miles as their maps will cover this section. There are pink ribbons and a PCT cardboard sign at the junction. It’s about 1/4 mile to the PCT. 

Crunchmaster and I started hiking at 9am and were back on the PCT after completing the road walk at 5pm. Navigation was easy, water was no more than 3 or 4 miles apart and there were camping options for the second half of the hike. There were two glacially silted rivers, keep walking there are clear streams just a little further on. Have fun and good luck. Cheers, Shepherd.

Oh and when I got back on the trail there was a note from my friend Sally who was hiking southbound. This whole fire thing stopped is from meeting up. I should see her at White Pass.  



stay on the 23


sorry us Aussies would never drink this


turn right here onto the 2329


water at the campgroind to the right, otherwise keep going straight


removing wildlife from the middle of the road


bridge over Adams River, silted glacial water, another good stream a little further ahead


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19 Responses

  1. Bob

    Beautiful photographs. Thanks.. Glad you are managing your way around and leaving tracks and tips for those that will follow you.

  2. Pat

    So glad you are still moving forward and posting for other hikers to follow. Have fun and be safe!

  3. Tom Pyke

    Good to hear of your successful detour. Love your photos. Say hello to Crunch!

  4. kenbigtrain

    Did you caught the irony of the moment, that in a time of total uncertainty, when not even the PCTA had a clue, you were able to substantiate your trail name and help calm all those behind you. Well done mate!!

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks. There was certainly uncertainty. I’m always there to help out the people behind, as I have been helped by the people ahead of me.

  5. ADL

    Looks like you got to hike from the trailhead up the Killen trail to the PCT. I will always remember that steep trail which I affectionately named “the killer Killen trail”.


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