WTA Volunteer Vacation
Lemah Meadows / PCT - Trail No. 2000
|August 11 - 18, 2007 - A WTA volunteer vacation.
It was a beautiful day when we hiked in to Lemah Meadows on our own, most of us taking a leisurely lunch break at Pete Lake. The hike to Lemah Meadows was approximately 8 miles one way on a mostly level trail in beautiful forest. Our task was to clear approximately 40 trees that had blown down across the PCT between Lemah Meadows and Waptus Pass, cut brush, retread the trail, redirect water from small streams that were making the trail muddy, install stepping stones across streams, and build drain dips, dig drainage ditches and install water bars where needed. No small task for our group of 8, but we had a lot of fun doing it. The weather was beautiful, with bright blue skies by day and clear, star-filled skies by night. It got cold in the meadow and dropped below freezing on at least one night. We ate well and spent our evenings playing games, singing around the campfire, and enjoying several poetry recitals. What a treat to hear Ryan recite "The Cremation of Sam Magee" and "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," memorized on his travels as a thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail. On our day off, I did a solo day-hike to Spectacle Lake. Several other members of our group made their way to Spectacle Lake that day.
The varieties of wildflowers were too numerous to remember them all, but included Monks hood, gentian, pearly everlasting, fireweed, monkey flower, bog orchid, water leaf, paintbrush, lupine (at the higher elevations). Many plants were heavy with berries, including elderberry, twistedstalk, as well as blueberries and huckleberries, which found their way into our pancakes.
The Pacific Crest Trail is a busy through-way, and we had many evening visitors, including a married couple who were running the PCT from Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass in one shot--a 20-hour endurance test, a young woman who was backpacking solo from Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass, a young man who was backpacking solo from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass, newlyweds from Boston who were spending their honeymoon backpacking the Snoqualmie-Stevens portion of the PCT, and a group of three thru-hikers (Second Hand, Billy Goat, and Thirsty Boots).