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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
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Would You Like Fries With That?
OK, it’s only 1PM and I’m relaxing at the Best Western Cajon Pass and I’ve already had a shower. And a burger from McDonalds. I had an easy day today. I got up at 6:30AM and had a luxurious morning in camp enjoying the sun and watching the birds. The quail were back, as well as doves, a pair of orioles, and a bunch of other birds I couldn’t identify.
I left for Cajon Pass at 8AM and quickly got to the top of the ridge looking down on the pass. I saw – or rather, heard – my second rattlesnake. It was buried deep in a bush next to the trail. I cautiously peered under the bush trying to get a picture. It was really loud, but I couldn’t see the snake.
Where the trail hits I-15, there’s a sign pointing the way to McDonalds, just ¼ mile up the street. This golden arches is famous on the trail. It’s an oasis in a fairly hot, dry section. Because I got there at 11:30AM on a Saturday, it was a bit of sensory overload. The place was packed, and the din from the screaming kids was almost too much to take.
The trail is pretty easy to follow in this area, but there are some unmarked motorcycle trails just to confuse things. And the entire area from Mojave Dam to the pass has a considerable amount of poison oak. Those who area susceptible should be cautious, especially in the north-facing ravines. Tomorrow it’s time to head back into the mountains, with a long climb up into the San Gabriels.
Martin “Lei Low”
Tales From The Crest
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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