Like the guide book says this section is very similar to the previous section, beautiful scenery, lakes abound and passes just as close to multiple mountains but what the guide book leaves out is that this section of trail crosses into Warm Springs Indian Reservation and skirts it’s western boarder for approximately 15 miles. Far from being the largest reservation it consist of 1023 sq. miles of land and is home to three tribes, the Wasco, Tenino (Warm Springs) and Paiute. My mom has a small collection of Indian beads, necklaces, baskets, arrow heads and pictures passed down to her from relatives. Most of the arrow heads were found in Sandusky, Ohio by her father and great grandfather in Wellington, Ohio and the rest were handed down to her from an aunt who traveled out west to teach on Indian reservations. As a child I remember looking at them and thinking how exciting, strange and amazing it must be to meet an Indian. Now that I know a whole lot more I am in complete awe of these people who worshiped and cared for the land far better than we do today.
Check out the plan here, this section should take us about 5.5 days to complete. We will be resupplying in Sisters before we start this section and the hiking through this section plus a little ways into section G before resupplying again. If you couldn’t make the Three Sisters in section E this is an equally amazing section of trail to join in on.
From The Guide Book
The terrain crossed in section F is an approximate mirror image of that crossed in section E. Starting from Highway 242, you head north across recent lava flows that also make up the last part of Section E. You then pass three major peaks – Mt. Washington, Three fingered Jack and Mt. Jefferson – just as you passed the Three Sisters. All six peaks are volcanoes on various stages of erosion. Mt. Jefferson, the northernmost, and South Sister, the southernmost, are the youngest.
North of Mt. Jefferson, you hike through the lake-studded Breitenbush Lake – Olallie Lake area, which is a smaller version of the southern Three Sisters Wilderness. Finally, you hike a lengthy stretch across slopes that are deficient in both views and lakes, just as you did in the first third of section E. Both sections, on the average, are fairly scenic, and it is difficult to say which is better. For many, however, Jefferson Park is the scenic high point of the Oregon PCT. But on this spectacular plain, you’ll find a backpacking crowd to match or exceed that on any other part of the tri-state PCT.