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City: Crescent City
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: May 1, 2002
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, May 4th, 2002
Start: Near Chariot Canyon
End: San Felipe Hills - 3rd Gate
Daily Distance: 20.2
Trip Distance: 87.7
Daily Ascent: 2180
Daily Descent: 2940
Entry Lat: 33.127201
Entry Lng: -116.495934

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Entry Visits: 469
Journal Visits: 33,058
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San Felipe Hills - 3rd Gate

My first destination this morning was Rodriguez Spur Truck Trail. This is an important water stop. Upon arriving the spigot was locked. Water was available after removing the lid on top of the low concrete tank though. First thing I did was wash my hands with the clear, cool water. Next, I began filtering water into my water bottles. On the second bottle a dead lizard serenely floated by. I questioned sticking my hands in the tank, but the water sure hit the spot!

The trail was mostly down during the morning towards Scissors Crossing. A desert environment was the general theme again today.

Upon reaching scissors I ran into a trail angel named Susan just as she and her 2 kids were leaving. She had just refilled the HUGE 40+ gallon water cache found there. Susan hit me with 8 quarts of ice water from a 5 gallon jug she carried. Thanks Susan!!

A note on trail angels. These folks, without glory or compensation do things like this. No one is required to drop water in the middle of nowhere, but they do it out of their own kindness. TRUE supporters of PCT travelers.

After a short siesta in the shade of some Poplar trees next to POLLUTED San Felipe creek, I began the ascent into the San Felipe hills. After 8.5 miles of THAT I called it a day and camped in a nice spot among the rock and cactus.

Tomorrow the long haul to Barrel Springs, maybe even Warner Springs.

Oh, one other thing, I actually met Dave Dave John today. The makers of the wooden chairs? Real nice guys, they were doing a section of the trail southbound.

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Scott's 2002 Pacific Crest Trail Adventure

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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