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Eagle Creek Trail #501
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Eagle Creek Trail #501North Central, OR
North Central, OR
Backpack avatar Apr 21 2019
keepmoving
Backpack10.00 Miles 1,554 AEG
Backpack10.00 Miles2 Days         
1,554 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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First real backpacking trip of the year. Had the whole trail to myself (which is pretty typical since this trail is mostly forgotten). Nice weather- Highs in the 60s and lows in the upper 30s, started out cloudy on day 1, but was nice and sunny by the time I reached the truck on day #2. Lots of firsts for this hike- first time sleeping outside in a quilt, first time ever setting up a tarp shelter, and first full overnight with a frameless pack and no hipbelt. Also my lowest base pack weight at just about 11 pounds, with total pack weight w/ food and water of about 15lbs.

Intended on making it all the way to the Eagle Creek Ford before turning around and setting up camp, but turned back in essentially the same area I stopped when I first hiked this trail over the summer. The trail just doesn't see much use and I got tired of stepping over dead fall and didn't want to push through the dead thorn bushes that were beginning to encroach on the trail, so I turned around. I also encountered a couple of snow patches near my turnaround point, but nothing too bad.
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