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

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, May 10th, 2008
Start: Mill Creek Summit
End: Mattox Canyon
Daily Distance: 21.8
Trip Distance: 441.5
Entry Lat: 34.417567
Entry Lng: -118.252416

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Colorful hillsides

Dry and Dusty

There have been lots of burned areas on this trip so far. Every few hours or so I've passed through an area that has burned in the last 10 years. Tonight I'm camped in Mattox Canyon, which burned completely last July. The creek is still running, but all of the shade trees and large bushes are black sticks.

The day started out up in the conifers for the last time for a while. After a long, steep climb up from Highway 59, the trail did a long up-and-down traverse through the forest before climbing up to near the summit of Mt. Gleason at 6,400 feet.

I stopped for a long lunch break on top of a nice grove of huge Jeffrey pines. I ate my last bagel and turkey and cheese sandwich, then nearly fell asleep while leaning against a tree. The next water was still 7 miles past that spot, so I had to get up and keep walking.

From the top, the trail descended down - with a few bonus climbs thrown in - into the chapparal and much higher temperatures. It was a warm, dusty, and knee-jarring hike into the North Fork ranger station. The reward was water, shade, and picnic tables. The rest of the gang all arrived in the next 90 minutes. We hung out there and enjoyed a long break before hiking the last 4 miles to Mattox Canyon, the last good, quiet campsite before Agua Dulce.

I've finally planned my food just right. I finished my last dinner (tomato basil pasta roni) and have just enough snacks to get to Agua Dulce in the morning. It's feeling cool and damp here this evening, but it is reportedly a hot, shadeless hike into town. I'll try to be on the trail before dawn to get the 14 miles done before noon. The bugs are swarming in my headlamp, so it's time to turn out the light and get to bed.


Martin "Lei Low"

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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:


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