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The Desert Trail: Change in plans
Change in plans! I am crazy obsessed with the Desert Trail so this hurts a bit, but it’s actually a good thing. Heather is back!
One random day around Xmas 2017 Heather got a phone call saying her dad wasn’t doing well and she immediately went to Michigan. I hiked on my own all last year and it’s been a really rough 15 months for Heather and her dad. Sadly he passed away a few days ago, just as I am about to leave for the Desert Trail. The Desert Trail is as much a dream for Heather as it is for me and it just felt weird to be starting when she will be ready to get back to hiking in just a few weeks. But in a few weeks it will be too hot to start the Desert Trail. I was already leaving 2 weeks past when I would prefer so several more weeks is just impossible.
It took a bit of brainstorming but here’s what we came up with:
-Instead of starting the Desert Trail this weekend, I instead fly to “lovely” Michigan and spend a few days with Heather which is exciting.
-Heather will then drop me off in south western Ohio where I left off on the Buckeye/North Country Trail and I’ll hike for a couple weeks while she continues to wrap things up at home.
-Just after Easter we will fly to Phoenix and start the new Mogollon Rim Trail created by none other than Blistreefree, creator of the Grand Enchantment Trail. It’s about 500 miles so 5 or weeks.
-Then we will hike the DESERT TRAIL!
We think we have a plan for this. We will do a flip flop hike. We’ll start in mid-Nevada in mid-June and hike north. This is about where I would have been had I started now so while it will be a bit toasty it should be a doable time of year to be there. When we get to Canada we will flip back down to mid-Nevada and hike south to Mexico. There’s a bit of a concern of the springs holding out that long through southern Nevada but it looks doable we think and it doesn’t really matter for California as there are (almost) no natural water sources to depend on at any time for the entire 700 miles in California. There’s an additional bit of concern that it might still be too hot in Death Valley in which case maybe our flip will result in us hiking from Mexico back to mid-Nevada. We’ll see.
We actually might hike the Oregon Coast Trail with another 150 miles into California for around 500 miles during our flip flop Desert Trail hike. Lots of plans this summer.
So sorry for the pause on the Desert Trail journal but I shall be back in 2.5 months.
The Desert Trail
The Desert Trail is a 2,000+ mile route from Mexico to Canada through the deserts of eastern California, western Nevada and eastern Oregon and Washington. Originally conceptualized in the 1960s this rugged, beautiful and almost forgotten route visits Americas greatest desert landscapes and wilderness areas.
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