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Martin "Lei Low" Rolph
City: Cameron Park
Begins: Apr 12, 2008
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Busy day today. I slept in a bit this morning and started hiking to Burney Falls State Park at 6:30AM. My parents were driving down to meet me with a resupply box. We planned to rendezvous near the falls at 10:30AM. I pulled in at 10:15 and found the store with a group of PCT hikers at the picnic table out front. I was just finishing a cold drink and a soft-serve ice cream when my parents arrived.
Dad suggested we go down to the swimming/beach/picnic area at Lake Britton. He even brought a towel and a swim trunks for me to borrow! I went for a quick swim and scrubbed most of the trail dust and sweat off. It felt really good to be clean and cool. Mom brought a great picnic spread that I devoured while we caught up on the latest family and hiking news. Thanks Mom and Dad!
With the temperature already around 90F, I could have relaxed there all day. Instead, I decided to get some more miles in. I found the trail across a bridge above the falls (fabulous falls, I highly recommend a visit). The trail descended almost immediately in mostly shade to the dam at Lake Britton. Across the dam, the climbing started. At first, it was steep and hot, then the grade became more moderate and the trail entered a shady forest. It was a warm, but tolerable, climb with frequent dense forest patches.
After about 3.5 miles, I reached lovely Rock Creek. The water was a nice temperature for a quick cool-down dip. Bido showed up and splashed around a bit before moving on. I relaxed there for an hour before continuing up the trail. As the trail climbed, the vegetation became more and more lush. There were ferns and maples and all sorts of water-loving undergrowth. The wildflowers were spectacular, including red columbine, tiger lilies, paintbrush, penstemon, dogwood, and wild roses.
Late in the afternoon, I saw something move in the undergrowth just ahead on the trail. At first I thought it was a coyote, then I saw the long gray tail and knew it was a mountain lion! In a few brief moments it was gone up the trail. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the camera out in time to get a photo.
At Peavine Creek I found a reasonable water source and a clearing for camping just up the road. Bido and a new face, Adam, were there cooking dinner. I quickly set up camp and hit the tent early due to heavy mosquito activity.That's all from the trail - 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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