Road 48N20 is an alternative route out of Seiad Valley from the highway to Cook and Green Pass (mi 1677.3) According to the locals the route is 2 miles shorter and there is more water and shade.
We camped at the bridge. There is an abandoned bridge and a nice swimming hole at the end of this road.
View of Seiad Valley with lingering smoke from fires.
View of the early stages of the Lick fire that started by lightening strike on August 5th. It continued to burn in a steep, rugged area producing a lot of smoke visible from many high points along our route.
Levering a downfall off the trail.
Hamming it up with two Japanese hikers: Kanji and Nino.
It helps to carry a light pack when clearing downed trees; no need to remove the pack.
Another stealth campsite (mi 1688)
Cow silhouettes and smokey valleys.Each adule cow is given a bell to help with location on roundup day.
A smokey valley.
Another morning walk on a crest.
Smoke form the Lick fire where we passed through the prior day.
A nice trail marker.
A damaged trail marker. Vandalism or weathering?
Abandoned hut and outhouse above Donomore Meadow (mi 1698).
Welcome to Oregon. 1460 miles to Canada.
Signing the register at the border.
The sign says it all.
The pine grove on the right has been planted on terraces creating the ultimate Christmas tree ot
Sheep Camp Spring (mi 1703.5)
Stealth campsite at mile 1704.5.
Early morning sun lights up this meadow.
A trail in the woods.
Taking a break to view Mt. Shasta in the distance floating on a layer of smoke.
Mt. Shasta floats on a sea of smoke.
Trail tread is wider in this section because of all the day hiker and trail runner activity (approx mi 1716).
Mt. Ashland Inn (mi 1721.3? Hikers can us a picnic table and spigot.
The alternative route to Callahan's crosses an abandoned railroad track.
I'm done! (To be continued next summer)
See 2013 PCT Oregon photo Album