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 Post subject: Herman Ck to Benson Plateau via PCT (11 Jul 08)
 Post Posted: July 22nd, 2008, 11:41 am 
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According to a PCT guide I read, many thru hikers by-pass this part of the PCT in favor of the more scenic Eagle Creek route. I guess that's OK if you're only here once, but this part of the PCT offers some good views of Mt. Adams
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and of Nick Eaton Ridge (the Casey Creek Trail is down in the trees to the right)
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The most notable feature on this part of the trail is Teakettle Spring
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which is a seemingly reliable, if sometimes very faint, water source. With the heavy snows this year, I guess this is about as good as this spring gets.
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I always enjoy this hike because it's a good trail that climbs solidly for 3600' and also has good views. A small campsite near its junction with the 405B trail is my usual turn-around point. I was very, very disappointed this time to find a partially buried pile of trash (food boxes, a partial can of fuel, a no-stick spray can, what I hope was paper towel & not TP, etc.) at this campsite. Ended-up hauling 5 pounds of stuff back down the hill. I'm tempted to rant about this but won't out of respect for this site's rules. Hopefully this was just someone's one time mistake.

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 Post subject: Re: Herman Ck to Benson Plateau via PCT (11 Jul 08)
 Post Posted: July 22nd, 2008, 12:29 pm 
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Usually low life, dirt bag, pond scumbags don't make it in (and up)that far in to spread their worldly possessions. I'm very much ashamed to admit that I belong to the same species as these idiots.

Was that a rant? Opps! Sorry!


Thanks for the report. Thats a great hike. Personally I like the pct route better then Eagle Creek but I prefer the sights and sounds of the trees without all the water noise but it's all good.


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 Post subject: Re: Herman Ck to Benson Plateau via PCT (11 Jul 08)
 Post Posted: July 22nd, 2008, 12:42 pm 
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The Herman Creek area has gotta be one of the most underrated parts of the Gorge. I much prefer Herman to Eagle. Less crowds, better views etc


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 Post subject: Re: Herman Ck to Benson Plateau via PCT (11 Jul 08)
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Coming back from Whatum, I actually prefer the PCT route over Eagle Creek. Of course, I like drier, alpine trails and views over river trails.

Thanks for the report!

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At 9 years, 4 months, and 13 days, I think this ranks among the longest necromances of an old TR in the history of this forum. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Herman Ck to Benson Plateau via PCT (11 Jul 08)
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I was wondering how someone got a trip up there with the area being closed... until I saw the date

I guess that's all we got, remember old trips. Maybe it'll be opened again this spring.


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