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[pct-l] PCT from Beldon to Burney Falls
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Notes on our hike from Aug 8 to Aug 22/1999. If this is the wrong place to post this information I am sorry.
Mary K will deliver supply boxes to Beldon Resort (which is directly on the PCT)
for a $5.00 donation. Give her a call when you get in. At the resort, the beer is cold and
the food is good. Restaurant and bar are informal enough that you can drink and eat in
your trail cloths. Both a Laundromat and hot showers are available across from the
The Calif. trail book states that even though the Beldon campground was
destroyed by flood, it is still usable for PCT hikers. This is true but don't expect to get any
sleep. A major RR track is about a block away with a screeching, thundering train going
by about every 30 minutes. When a train is not going by a truck is on the highway just
across the river from the campground. Ear plugs are essential.
On the detour going North, the point where the Indian Creek trail crosses the PCT
is poorly marked if marked at all. We crossed it without seeing it and ended up
backtracking. Watch closely for foot tracks.
On chart N1, the Indian Creek Trail is to the right of Indian creek and passes
through the 'B' of the word 'Beldon', the 'L' of National, and the 'A' of Plumes, on N2
below the word 'trail' and on N3 below the work 'Jeep'
Retired couple in charge of the Warner Valley campground are especially nice. No
permit and no charge for PCT hikers at Warner Valley campground. No charge for back
country camping permit which is available from couple in charge of Warner Valley
campground. Darkesbad resort has no hamburgers but they prepare a tasty sandwich
called the hikers sandwich and the beer is cold.
The PCT is very poorly marked through the park so pay close attention to the
signs as to park destinations. This will keep you on the PCT. The trail through Lassen is
passable but poorly maintained.
Our 30 dry miles from Old Station to Cassel was make less formidable by the offer
of the proprietor of the Old Station store to deliver our water purchased there, to mile 109
of the trail, about 2/3 of the way through the water less area.
The hike from Hat Creek Rim to Cassel was very hard because of the heat and the
rocks and cinders that made up the trail. I would not recommend running shoes through
At the PG&E campground in Cassel, we were allowed to camp free as PCT hikers.
Burney Falls has a large, free PCT camping area. There is also a section in the
regular camping area for backpackers with a fee of $3.00/person/night. Burney Falls has
hot showers but no laundry facilities.
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