Saied valley was no easy task. But hiking it early in the morning was a good strategy. From the top now the trail goes through unique terrain and expansive views, some of which were of Oregon. So close you feel like you could touch it. But the trail continues east a ways before finally crossing over. This section is California’s final test. A bit of exposed trail and continues elevation changes. But you can feel the slow transition of the Cascades. Soft trail and cool forests.
I thought it would just be another day on the trail, as I crossed over into Oregon. But a feeling of accomlishmeng and pure joy rushed through as my mind went over everything I’ve been through so far in California. It took 114 days to reach this point and every one was unforgettable. A celebratory beverage was worth the weight packing it in (and out.)
Almost immediately the scenery changes into big open grass meadows and dense forests. Though still much of the same terrain it is transitioning slowly and soon it feels like the Pacific Northwest. I stopped in Ashland to resupply and raced around trying to get a few boxes of food sent out to Oregon.
Lava flows and Mt. Mcglophlin made for a Jurassic scene and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. It is colder at night in Oregon which is more comfortable than the hot nights in Northern California. The dense woods lead me into Mazama Village just before Crater Lake. Some hiker parents/trail angels put on a feast at the campground which allowed new and old hikers to meet up and swap stories.
Leaving the village and climbing up the alternate to Crater Lake my breath was taken away as the rich blue water came into view. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before. Still in disbelief of the beauty of Crater Lake.