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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
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Rested and Refreshed
As predicted, the hot weather has arrived. The fog had already cleared when I went to bed last night at 10PM. By morning, a strong Santa Ana wind was blowing, kicking up nasty dust clouds in the Saufleys' yard.
I spent the morning organizing my stuff and repackaging food before getting a ride to town for a leisurely breakfast at the Sweetwater Cafe. My plan was to relax all morning then hike out in the afternoon, leaving enough daylight to cover about 10 miles. Zoner, Zorro, San Gabriel, and Tortoise were planning a late departure/short day.
At 3PM I hefted up the pack (it always seems to gain a tremendous amount of weight in town) and said goodbye and thank you to L-Rod.
The first few miles were road-walking along busy Agua Dulce Canyon Road. After about an hour I finally left the pavement and started the long, shadeless climb up 2,000 feet to the ridge north of town. The climb was broken up by chats with some day-hikers/runners and southbound section-hiker named Beads. Even though it was warm and the trail was steep, my legs felt great after the rest days, and I made great time to the top. The views were great; the desert winds blew all of the smog back towards LA, leaving 50+ miles visibility.
The north side of the ridge was much more lush than the south, with large stands of scrub oak and tall brush mixed with grass. I found the first tick of the trip. It was crawling on my arm. Fortunately, I got it before it got its teeth into me. For the next hour, I had paranoid creepy-crawly sensations, imagining hordes of ticks on my legs. As the trail descended toward the canyon, I kept looking for that perfect, flat campsite with a great view. Finally, I got to Bouquet Canyon Road and found the water cache placed by notorious trail angels - the Andersons.
I'm now camped in a small clearing 1/4 mile past the road. I think this is the latest I've hiked, not getting into camp until almost 8:30PM. The moon is already very bright, and I was able to make dinner (mashed potatoes and chicken) without using my headlamp. I am using the headlamp now to write, though, and the bugs are starting to mob me. Better say goodnight.
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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