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Homework - Grand Enchantment Trail Journal - 2017

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City: Portland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Sep 13, 2017
Direction: Westbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Trip Distance: 764.5

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 272
Journal Visits: 5,226
Guestbook Views: 61
Guestbook Entrys: 13

Grand Enchantment Trail Map

Post Trail Thoughts

Post trail thoughts:

The good:
-The biodiversity of plants and animals
-Hiking through a string of gems
-The alternate route options and descriptions on the maps (very well done maps and water reports)
-The sunsets and sunrises over the desert
-The distances between towns and remote feeling

The bad:
-The Crest Trail near Tijeras: Overgrown and scratchy oaks, hard navigation, slow miles
-Trail Towns: Lack of fresh food, not super friendly or aware of hikers, not awesome hiking resources (gear, fuel, appropriate food)
-GET is actually like what people think thru hikes are like: Tough navigation, mixed terrain, waterless stretches with little information
-Lots of cow presence
-Lack of funding & trail maintenance (on existing trails)

The ugly:
-Scratchy plants, especially in Arizona

Tips for future hikers:
-Wear shorts and very tall socks as opposed to pants
-Expect to do about 2/3 of your regular mileage
-Embrace this trail for what this is; a rough navigational hiking challenge in the last bit of remaining wild west
-Pre-load more detailed background maps to Gaia before you leave, and test it in airplane mode
-Throw a new pack liner in your resupply boxes
-The ground is hard in the desert, but also very pokey. I used a foam pad, which I'd do again, but I'd start with a fluffier one to avoid hip/ body pain.

-Happy to have a good shelter and breathable rain jacket (after getting dumped on for 4 days at 10k feet with a down sleeping bag)
-Happy to have a SPOT device or PLB
-Happy to have giardia meds on hand to be sent to me when I got giardia
-A pee rag (says my hiking partner who usually uses rocks)
-Happy to have solar panel, and happy that my hiking partner had a backup battery when it stormed
-Happy to have a resupply plan and boxes sent to me (especially because most trail towns sucked)
-Happy to have powdered green drink mix for supplemental nutrition
-Happy to have water flavoring items like crystal light b/c of funky cow water, sulfur flavors, or odd mineral tasting water
-Happy to have a large brimmed sun hat and good sunglasses

If you'd like to see pictures from my GET hike you can find them on my Instagram @homeworkhikes

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