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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Apr 15th, 2008
Start: Sunrise Trailhead
End: Crest of San Felipe Hills
Daily Distance: 25.5
Trip Distance: 84.5
Entry Lat: 33.120983
Entry Lng: -116.486106

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Big Day Today

Big Day Today.

The weather was cool and breezy, which made for easier hiking. I broke camp at 6:45AM and had to stagger through the wind for a few miles before dropping off the ridge into Chariot Canyon. The rough traverse across the north face of Granite Mountain seemed far too long, but eventually I pulled into the water cache at Scissors Crossing (18.4 miles from camp) at 2:30PM.

I had intended to stay there for the night, but it wasn't very scenic - right next to Highway 78. After some food and a siesta, I headed out of the San Felipe Valley. The trail was a long, but well-graded climb up to near the crest of the San Felipe Hills. Unfortunately, the wind was still howling out of the west across the ridges. The trail traversed west of the crest for a long distance. I hiked until 7:20PM before finding a decent camp with some shelter from the wind.

I feel good, but tired. I wasn't planning any 25-mile days this early in the trip. I did get two small blisters yesterday afternoon, but a bit of doctoring and some tape seems to have kept them at bay.

I only saw one other hiker today. He was an older gentleman from Seattle who was out of water with about 5 miles still to go to Scissors cache. I had plenty of water to make it in, so I gave him a liter. Hope he made it OK.

It's 9PM now - past my bedtime. So I'll say goodnight.


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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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