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State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 1, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
Start: Hiker Heaven
End: Ridge with firebreak near San Francisquito Road
Daily Distance: 19.4
Trip Distance: 800.5

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25 Hiker Heaven to Ridge

We slept well, got up in the morning, ate breakfast and got on the trail about the time Donna went down to feed the horses. We greeted her and started the mile down to Agua Dulce Canyon Road, which is where the trail continues, and starts for us on this section. The trail had been routed through Agua Dulce in recent years and was not yet complete so we had to follow the road for a couple of miles before rejoining the permanent route into the hills. This meant that Cody needed to be kept close on the leash, which was a challenge in itself in the traffic. He started with 10.15 lbs, at the maximum 15% of body weight recommended for dogs. He seemed to manage just fine and was very happy to be out. This was his first long distance hike and he managed very well but we would never saddle him with this much weight again. On future trips we reduced his maximum weight to about 7.5 lbs or about 10% of his body weight. I don’t know if this was necessary, but I felt better about it!

We left the road and began to wind through and around hills and past streams, but mostly they had algae in them—not very drinkable for us, but great for the dog. There was enough ground water that we didn’t need to carry water for Cody. The low hills were gentle and rolling, covered with the low brush, sage and creosote bush. We crossed Bouquet Canyon Road and hiked on toward San Francisquito Canyon Road. Eventually, we stopped for the night, high on a ridge top, and ate pita sandwiches of tuna, mayonnaise and mustard. This was our first trip, and our first night with Dennis since we had started lightweight backpacking. He said the sandwich looked awful, but after attacking it hungrily, he decided that it tasted great. We were dry camping so it was a good meal to have since it required no cooking.

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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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