Pacific Crest Trail
North from Ashland, Oregon
Fly to Medford, then shuttle to Ashland/Callahan’s lodge (Mile 1717.7 Far Out/1719 physical maps).
1718 Callahan’s Lodge (Yogi’s Milepost). Start
• UPS a resupply box. Resupply box charge is $5.00 (essential for mailing hiking poles, knives and such that cannot go on a plane).
• Call 541-482-1299 to confirm.
• They offer camping on the back lawn and a hikers package.
• From the hostel it is about half a mile down a blue blaze to the trail. At this point we should have three-four days of food.
[note. We stopped in Ashland instead, a trail Angel drove us to the trail. Skipped Callahan’s altogether.]
1773 Fish Lake Resort (Yogi’s Milepost) – takes UPS Resupply boxes ($5.00), free tenting area. Shower, Laundry. 2.1 miles.
Next resupply is at 1820.9 or about 47 miles. We are shooting for 15 miles a day for this stretch.
[we made 20 miles a day or more. Our pre-hike training paid off].
We supply at Mazama Village/Crater Lake which is on the trail.
The center there accepts resupply packages, also has a general store. Shower, laundry – sometimes (bathrooms with showers throughout the campground, laundry near the store). Restaurant. Next nearest resupply is mile 1906 or so.
1906 is 85 miles. Five days at 17 miles a day.
Start the Crater Lake Rim Trail (one and a half day’s hike – 33 miles). Sign the register when entering the park to camp back country.
1906.6 Shelter Cove Resort. Free camping, restaurant, shower, laundry. Less than one mile from the trail. Charging ports for electronics in PCT designated area. Store and also takes resupply boxes.
[We went via Horse Camp from Windigo Pass. Missed being enveloped by the fire.].
Next section is about 46 miles or three days.
1952.6 Elk Lake Resort. A little more than a mile from the trail. Not enough for a full resupply. Takes boxes—will want to consider mailing a box here. Restaurant. Shower and tenting area.
[and another fire hit so we went in, bought dinner and hitched out the next morning].
Next section is 48 miles. Three days at PCT speeds.
Note trail closure. PCTA recommends getting off the trail at Santiam Pass Trailhead on highway 20, mile 2000.9. Re-enter at Olallie Lake resort.
Highway 20 is north of Big Lake at mile 2000.9 – if you use this to bypass the closure, a resupply on the 150 mile car loop is possible, though resupply at Olallie Lake is recommended.
Will buy food at the trail store at Olallie lake.
2046 Olallie Lake Resort, on the trail. Good store. Camping.
Next section is 51 miles. Three days.
2097.4 Timberline Lodge. On the trail. Takes packages, no resupply. Alternatives are shuttle to Bend or resupply box or gamble on hiker box or take bus to Government Camp, a small town.
[turns out there is some really limited resupply here. Met a hiker who got a day and a half’s worth of food for $50. But you can catch a bus into town and back for food—but should send yourself a box].
Option A: shuttle to Bend for resupply with Karla, 541-390-6841.
Option B: Hiker box often has a lot of food. Buffet is $25 and on-line reservations are often needed.
Option C hitchhike from 2092 to Government Camp (a small town) and their store. About 5 miles. Or take the Mt. Hood Express Bus.
Next section is fifty miles or three days to Cascade Locks and Bridge of the Gods.
2147.1 Cascade Locks. End of Oregon. Grocery Store. Twice a week bus service to Portland. One mile to Bridge of the Gods and crossing into Washington.
1718 to 2147.8. 429 miles less the closed section. Then Washington.