Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sat, 17 Aug - Leaving Darby toward Gibbons Pass

Finally left the wonderful town of Darby around noon.  After a half hour the only car that stopped was Marty the shuttle/taxi driver.  He had another shuttle commitment but gave my a free lift a few miles out of town.  Took another hour or more to get a ride to Sula from a fisherman but he decided to help me out when we got to his destination and drove me the rest of the way to Lost Trail Pass.  Rumor is that the Rainbow Gathering had thousands of hitch-hikers on this road a few weeks ago and locals are burned out about hitch-hikers.  Got to trail well after 2:30pm.

The trail north was mostly in nice level green forest but soon turned to a recovering burn zone of dead standing trees.  It was interesting to note how the forest floor was rapidly renewing with new growth.

Crossing over Gibbons Pass was interesting.  It's a pass with a lot of history and an intersection that including the Lewis and Clark route, old Indian route, Nez Perce Nee-Me-Poo National Historic Trail, and of course the CDT.

Dry camping as there is no water for the first 20 miles.  I settled for a less than perfect spot that didn't have dead trees ready to fall on me.

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