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jeannette
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Post by jeannette » March 28th, 2019, 7:04 pm

Hi All! I am a Washingtonian who has done a lot of backpacking and hiking in my home state. I am from the northern part of the state(Anacortes) . My hiking in Oregon has consisted of going around Mt Hood and hiking in the Gorge. I am considering doing the Oregon section of the PCT this summer and possibly just continuing up past through the Bridge of the Gods and heading into Washington. I am wanting to go South to North and starting at around Ashland.
In light of this, I have been thinking about taking the Amtrak, however I see the furthest it goes would be to Eugene and after that it veers way East of the PCT. I am stumped as to how I could get from Eugene down to Ashland and then over to the nearest TH of the PCT. So I wonder if anyone on this site might have any suggestions with regards to transportation logistics?
I am thinking of going around the 1st of July and I am wondering too what the snow conditions might be this year?
Also I plan on going solo and am wondering if there are any backpackers out there who might want to join me. I am a fit woman who is older but am told I seem much younger than my age. I would like to cover about 25 miles a day at least.
Thanks! I look forward to hearing back advice or suggestions

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retired jerry
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Post by retired jerry » March 29th, 2019, 5:01 am

welcome

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Eugene/Ashland-OR-USA

greyhound Eugene to Medford, RVTD from Medford to Ashland

https://www.mtashland.com/getting-here/

maybe "snow bus" from Ashland to ski area except I bet it doesn't run then

July 1 probably not too much snow down south. Further north like Three Sisters or Mt Hood probably still lots of snow.

Be prepared for bugs - long sleeves and pants and headnet.

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Post by Aimless » March 29th, 2019, 9:12 am

retired jerry wrote:
March 29th, 2019, 5:01 am
July 1 probably not too much snow down south.
Current snowpack in southern Oregon is running about 115% of 'normal'. You'll probably encounter some snow well before you reach Crater Lake. Of course, unseasonably warm weather in the next three months could change that.
retired jerry wrote:
March 29th, 2019, 5:01 am
Be prepared for bugs - long sleeves and pants and headnet.
This is good advice. The good news is that if there's a lot of snow you'll miss out on the mosquitos -- which can be brutal down there wherever the snow is mostly, but not quite, gone. The worst mosquitoes I've ever seen were at Maidu Lake, north of Mt. Thielsen, around July 10. The air was alive!

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