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Brent and Kim
City: Fort Collins
State: CO
Country: USA
Begins: May 14, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jun 11th, 2008
Daily Distance: 28
Trip Distance: 197.0

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Into the Mojave

Today we climbed down from the mountains into Anderson Valley, an ~30 mile section of the Mojave Desert. This was a really cool section, something completely different from what we've been hiking through. We reached the desert floor around 3:30pm, and encountered yet another trail angel operation - known as "Hikertown" - really, it's several mobile homes with bunks, a BBQ grill, and water - a welcome respite from the heat. We stayed there for a couple of hours, to cool off, get some water, and cook our dinner, before heading into the Mojave. We also met up with a couple of friends we'd met in Aqua Dulce there.

Much of the trail here follows the LA aqueduct, carrying water from the High Sierras into Los Angeles. There's actually two aqueducts - the old one, which is a 6-foot diameter pipe, buried or partially buried most of the time, and the new one, which is a veritable concrete lined river. Pretty impressive to see that much water flowing through the Mojave.

Our path mostly followed the old aqueduct. We night hiked until around 9:30, under a 1/2 full moon. The valley was just filled with Joshua trees, which almost looked like human figures in the moonlight (or wait, was that the hiker hallucinations that come after 28 miles?). We eventually camped underneath a Joshua tree right next to the aqueduct, the stars were amazing.

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2008

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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