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Caitlin and George "Adventure Duo"
City: Bay Area
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 19, 2007
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, May 3rd, 2007
End: Near Tahquitz Valley Trail
Daily Distance: 20
Trip Distance: 180.7

Journal Stats
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Caitlin Trekking Along

An Accidental Detour

Today was long and hard. We went up about 5100 feet over the course of the day. Things started off well - the sun was shining, we were hiking well, the landscape was all Sierran and beautiful. We got to a junction of the PCT with Cedar Springs Trail and somehow accidentally took a wrong turn. This new trail took us down a mile and a half of switchbacks, losing about 2000 feet of elevation in the process. At the bottom, where we were expecting to find a sign saying "Fobes Saddle", we instead found one saying "Pacific Crest Trail" 1.5 miles" with a little arrow pointing back up the trail we had just come down! It was quite unfortunate. So, we turned around and trudged back up the switchbacks, found the junction and carried on. When we finally did reach Fobes Saddle, around 1pm, we were quite please - Commander, Gottago, Stonedancer, and Ken and Marcia Powers were all there having lunch at the (minimal) water cache. We hung out there for awhile to eat and rest. After lunch, we continued to climb. The views were amazing. You could see back into Anza Borrego, to Joshua Tree National Park, and to many other sites we couldn't identify. The trail was pretty decent, although there was a steep drop off on one side, down which our camera accidentally escaped! Luckily no harm was done. Up in the saddles between peaks the wind was pretty intense - 50-60 mph gusts. Whoever told George the PCT was super windy was certainly right! The wind blew lots of mist over the ridgeline. It was beautiful to watch but also VERY cold. We hiked and hiked, hoping to catch Craig and Paul and Tahquitz Valley Trail, but ended up camping 1/3 of a mile before the trail turnoff because it was getting dark and cold. Our detour had turned the day into a 20 miler and we were beat. Eventually we got our tent staked out, ate some stir fry and went to bed.

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Caitlin And George's Grand 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: www.pcta.org

 

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