Arrived at Hyatt Lake campground looking for water. Nope. ???!! 😡
Apparently the water system is contaminated and there is zero budget to fix it. (Thank you BLM) Hiked 2 miles to the Hyatt Resort, bought a meal, watered up and went back to the trail. Since it was 4:30 I camped here.
Made it to the next water, a spring from a meadow and camped. Finding water in Oregon this year is tough. Pretty much all of the “Seasonal” streams are dry.
The smoke haze seems to be worse today.
Having an early lunch at cabin/shelter. At least there’s water! Next water is another 10 miles at Fish Lake. That’ll be an 18 mile day.
then I hit the lava rocks. Boy, did I hit them.
Miles and miles of them. Well over half of the 10 miles was in lava fields. And they weren’t smooth. Jagged rocks with red pebbles make for a slip and slide.
When I arrived at the junction, the sign said TWO miles to the lake. So this was a 20 mile day.
I’m exhausted and my feet really don’t like me. Same with my left ankle. (Nasty lava rock)
Tomorrow will be a short day. 52 miles to Crater Lake. Meanwhile I’m camped on the lake and have 2 bars of 4g.