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

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jun 28th, 2005
Start: Highway 18
End: Doble Roble Ranch
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 978.1

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 330
Journal Visits: 65,452
Guestbook Views: 3,641
Guestbook Entrys: 9

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Trail Angel Erv with Jo & Mr. Cody at Highway 18

CA 2: HI 18 to Agua Dulce

In late April, We had planned to start at highway 18 where we left off the year before. All winter we made our plans, food, clothing, gear and weather. William Cody (aka, "Buffalo Bill", or "Mr. Cody"), our dog, and Dennis, our son from Portland, Oregon, planned to come with us for this close to 300 mile stretch to complete section C, D and E. As the time drew closer we became more and more anxious about the snow. There were reports of deep snow through the San Gabriel Mountains and it became increasingly clear that the snow would not be gone or even be low enough for our hike. If we were to hike, we would need to go elsewhere.

I noticed that the 200 mile stretch from Agua Dulce North to Walker Pass would take us through the Tehachapi Mountains and the Mojave Desert. It looked like it was low enough that the snow issue would be manageable. The next problem was figuring out rides, food and other logistics. Donna Saufley that incredibly generous Trail Angel from Hiker Heaven offered to pick us up at Walker Pass and bring us back to Agua Dulce where our car was. So, with this last minute switch we were able to proceed.

Two months later, on June 29 we returned to Highway 18, but without Dennis. Driving just South of the San Gabriel Mountains and then up into them, we could see the frosted tops of the mountains for miles around us. We are not snow hikers and the abundant display of white, high though it was, was intimidating. As we wended our way up the mountains toward Big Bear, the air grew refreshingly cooler and the mountain sides were covered in a tall and gloriously purple plant which we later learned was Poodle Brush. We were familiar with the name because Poodle Brush has a notorious reputation for being as noxious to some people as poison oak. Since I am one of those people who react badly to poison oak, poodle brush is something that I admire most from a distance!

In Big Bear, we drove to the educational center where Erv Nichols was to meet us and take us to the trailhead at Highway 18. Erv is a photographer and works part time at the Discovery Center. We met him the year before coming off the trail at highway 18 and he volunteered to give us a ride to the trailhead. We needed a safe place to leave our car and he obtained permission for us to leave it at the Discovery Center. We drove all day from Oakland and arrived there at 4 p.m. Erv was not ready to leave until 6 p.m. and Kerry was concerned that we didn’t have a compass so we went back into Big Bear to find one. After checking in three sports stores, we located one in K-Mart! We looked for takeout food for dinner. We didn’t feel hungry for anything heavy and ended up getting a Greek Salad, possibly in anticipation of the lack of fresh food to follow.

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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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