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

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Start: Peavine Creek
End: past Grizzly Peak mile 1466.0
Daily Distance: 28.3
Trip Distance: 1,292.4
Entry Lat: 41.139462
Entry Lng: -121.984506

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Entry Visits: 1,187
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Northern pacific rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus)

If a Tree Falls in the Woods...

This section of trail has been surprisingly nice. I was expecting just steep brushy hills. Instead, there are lush forests and wildflowers and great views (except for the smoke). I hit the trail at first light and started off with some climbing. I could hear chainsaws and a large chipper from a logging operation somewhere up ahead.

The trail wound around a bit but kept a steady climb. There were more great wildflowers, including a large, white, fragrant Washington lily (named after a person, not the state). Locals often call it the Shasta lily. The brush started to get very thick and soon I was pushing through 10-foot-high thick cover with the trail barely visible. The heavy brush continued in patches as the trail entered the logging area. I'm surprised they didn't re-route the trail around the logging. I passed a logger not 25 feet from the trail. I waved, but he didn't see me and commenced to start his saw and fall a tree. I stepped a bit quicker to make sure I didn't get crushed. [A chorus of the Lumberjack Song from Monty Python, anyone? -Bb]

Past the logging and a few great vista points, I found Moosehead Springs, a key water source (but no beer). A nice couple (Easy Going and Free) were there cleaning and eating lunch. I chatted a bit while I washed out my socks. A mile or so past the springs, a movement on the trail startled me. An 18-inch rattlesnake let off a few rattles then slowly moved off the trail while glaring at me. I managed to get a picture that time.

Once on top of the ridge and past the section's high point (6,120 feet), the Washington lilies were spectacular. They seem to like the drier and sunnier hillsides. The trail made a steady march, with some climbing and descending towards Grizzly Peak. The trail crossed under steep cliffs on the southeast face of the peak before climbing up to the south ridge.

I was intending to camp at the next water source. Upon re-reading the guidebook, however, I deduced that there may not be any flat spots to camp down at Deer Creek. I stopped at an abandoned road a mile or two before Deer Creek. DragonAnt soon joined me, followed shortly by Easy Going and Free. Once again, I'm in the tent early—this time due to clouds of obnoxious small flies. A long day tomorrow should put me close to Interstate 5 and a rest day on Sunday and Monday.

Cheers, 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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