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Day -56: Goldmyer trip report:

Day -56: Goldmyer trip report:


Note the sawdust on top of the snow.  Fresh trees down.

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I have one word for the first 9.5 miles of road… POTHOLES. All that roadwork that has been blocking people during the summer looks like it is a paving project, and the 2ish miles that was paved is really nice, but maaaaaaaaan the potholes!
Okay, more than one word. Downed trees! If you need firewood, get your permit and come collect it. EASY PICKINS! Never seen so many downed trees.

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Crow and Ladybug (trail names from the PCT last year) were running the Goldmyer hotsprings. We geeked out on the PCT a bit (I’m hiking it this year). I set camp for the first time with my zPacks tent, went and soaked for an hour while it went from light to pitch black, and went to bed at hiker midnight – 9pm.

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Tossed and turned – I need a damn pillow – and finally sunrise started to hit. fell asleep for a little bit, woke up and was surprised the sun hadn’t continued to rise — because it wasn’t the sun it was the moon! It wasn’t even 2am yet.

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I got up before six, made my way up to the hotsprings again, got in the back of the cave where it was nearly pitch black and sat there for 15 minutes. I wanted to stay there until it started to get light out, but needed to cool off. Managed to keep only my feet and calves in the icy cold pool for 30 seconds – yeah no thanks. Morning soak lasted 80 minutes, fully morning light by time I was done, awww yeah.

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Hiked out – started driving out – pulled over and passed out for at least an hour in my pickup.

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I would not attempt to drive the last 5.5 in without 4×4. A subaru *might* be able to make it, but there are two high clearance spots you really ought to have a pickup or some such for.

Fun fun!

 

A few videos on my thoughtthru youtube channel:

The road to Goldmyer.

Goldmyer hot springs.

Charlie Hough
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