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Pink Gumby
City: Oceanside
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 29, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Mar 29th, 2008
Start: Cabazon
End: Mission Creek
Daily Distance: 17
Trip Distance: 17.0
Entry Lat: 34.0422
Entry Lng: -116.656

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 649
Journal Visits: 8,339
Guestbook Views: 310
Guestbook Entrys: 8

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San Jacinto looking from the north

Cabazon to Mission Creek


To start my PCT trek again, I met Capt Bivy for the three day hike up to Onyx Summit. Bivy and I had never met and only exchanged emails via the PCT-L. So I found it odd to go on a three day hike with someone I'd never met. In addition to Bivy, some coordination had been made with Shutterbug for automobile shuffles so that when we finished Bivy's car will be waiting for us at the top (THANKS SHUTTERBUG).

The hike was beautiful. This is very early spring and we expect to be trudging through snow by the end of it. What a great diversity is expected. The flowers are in bloom EVERYWHERE. Mucho snow is still in the upper elevations (see picture of looking back at San Jacinto).

There was plenty of water in White Water "River". I put the quotes around river, because only in Southern California can we get away with call this a river. A swift creek is more like it. We hiked to the last camping spot before entering Mission Creek gorge in earnest. The Lat/Long posted on the right (you can click it) is where we camped.

I felt very strong and happy to be on the PCT again. I am pleased at my strength. My time at the gym seems to have been well spent. Tomorrows 7,000 of climbing will be something else all together. FYI, the 7,000 is the estimated gross climbing, not the net. In other words, we will climb from about 3,000' to 8,000 giving a net of 5,000', but the constant up and down means you climb some of the same elevations over and over for about 7,000 of time climbing.

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Gumby - Chips Away At It

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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