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PCT to Seven Lakes Basin {Backpacking with Kids}

This backpacking trip is an absolutely fabulous one for little hikers! Some of the most beautiful scenery on the Pacific Crest Trail with incredible views of Mount Shasta. We met up with some good friends and had quite a big bunch, including a lot of kids which is always nice to have to entertain your own! The route itself is only a little over 6 miles round trip but it has excellent day hike and mountain scramble opportunities which put us at close to 10 miles. Pristine lakes, no other people, and the kind of serenity you dream of when packed into a crowded local campsite. We did have a surprise storm blow through which took all of us by surprise since the forecast and the sky were clear up until a few minutes before the world turned sinister and enormous hail pelted the tent. Adventure my friends…adventure!

 

A few links to the trail: PCT to Seven Lakes Basin and another one.

Tech Nerdery: All iPhone 6

Map of the journey:

Crappiest, blurriest photo ever but at least we are all in it. My self timer can’t focus.

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Where the hike begins across the street from the parking lot.

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

Breaker breaker! Ne er underestimate the power of fun possible between your kids with walkie talkies.

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

Such a beautiful trail!

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

Our first stop for the night…Upper Seven Lake.

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

I mean come on…where else can you get this view and escape from society?

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

 

 

Breakfast lakeside in the early morning light.

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Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

The second part of the journey…an overnight at Helen Lake.

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And the rain starts falling…

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

And then the hail…

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

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I am obsessed with reading soul searching novels while in the middle of the forest.

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

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Mini backpackers!

Pacific crest trail seven lakes basin backpacking

Hiking out.

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Due to the month we hiked this trail in, we saw a lot of thru hikers on the PCT. Gotta leave them some love.

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In Love and Adventure,

The Clarks

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