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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: May 6, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, May 1st, 2017
Start: San Diego
End: San Diego
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 12.0

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The Hot Springs Trail

And the next hike begins in a week. The 2,400 mile or so Hot Springs Trail which runs diagonally across California starting at the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara, diagonally across Nevada and then the length of Idaho to the Canadian border. I’ve been really excited about this trail ever since I saw a little caricature map while on the CDT in 2015. I downloaded this little map and kind of just stared at it in my tent a lot. More than anything, walking across Nevada just seems so amazing. Or at the very least, very unique. I mean, who would think you could walk across Nevada? It turns out there are big mountains in Nevada. Like 10,000’+ mountains. Also, walking the length of Idaho should be really cool, although there is already a trail there, the Idaho Centennial Trail which the HST uses off and on. The remaining part of the hike, west to east across California is probably the least interesting to me even though crossing the Sierra’s hold some of the most spectacular views in the country. It will certainly be enjoyed; it’s just not as interesting to me as crossing Nevada and Idaho.

Oh, and there are 96 hot spring complexes along the way. I really like hot springs, but that isn’t exactly what drew me to the trail. There’s something about being able to walk very long distances on really interesting and scenic trails that I love. The more of these long trails that I do, the less there is to do and the more I branch out to other trails that don’t always seem to be as awesome as I had hoped. So when someone created a 2,400 mile trail that looked amazing, I immediately knew I wanted to hike it.

That someone is Aria Zoner. I won’t try to describe him as it might not be possible in my limited writing skills but the guy has devoted all his energy into creating an amazing trail, connected to all these unique areas and hot springs. He’s also quite the speaker if you ever get the chance. His presentation at ALDHA-West last year was legendary.

On a personal level, I’m really looking forward to starting on a 4-5 month hike. I’ve had kind of a choppy year of hiking. I mean, I’ve does some awesome stuff, but it’s all been shorter than the HST. Typically I just work the winter months (Jan-Mar), but this last winter my company wasn’t that busy and didn’t want me back. So I haven’t actually worked for 13 months. Since then I’ve: spent a week in South America with my bicycle where I was promptly hit by a car so trip ended, hiked for 2 months on the Appalachian Trail, hiked the Great Divide Trail in Canada, Wonderland Trail, Bigfoot Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Lowest to Highest Route, Israel National Trail and 3 months in Chile/Argentina kind of hiking through Patagonia. Most of it has been pretty great, but there is something about having 2,400 miles in front of me that is much more relaxing and exciting than jumping from trail to trail.

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The Hot Springs Trail: The Hot Springs Trail Is A 2,421-mile Backpacking Route That Connects Sacred Places With Healing Waters.


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