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

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jul 15th, 2008
Start: I-5 at Castella
End: saddle on Trinity Divide
Daily Distance: 24
Trip Distance: 1,356.2
Entry Lat: 41.200163
Entry Lng: -122.506356

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Castle Crags

4,500 Feet of Climbing - A Pretty Nice Day

I got one of the notoriously hot climbs done today and it wasn't too bad. After breakfast, Dad drove me back down to the trail at Castella. Thanks Mom and Dad for the great food and relaxing stay (and the ride).

The trail started off traversing below the east side of Castle Crags, above the State Park campground. It was nice and shady in Douglas fir forests with fairly easy grades. The easy grades continued along the south side of the crags with a few limited views of the granite spires. The steep climbing started beyond Sulfur Creek as the trail worked up a ridge on the southwest side of the crags. It was mostly shade-less climbing, but fortunately there was a nice breeze and the higher elevation kept the temperature tolerable.

I stopped for lunch above the canyons about three-quarters of the way to the ridge crest. After my lunch break, the trail finally found some more shady groves of trees at a saddle on the ridge. There was too much smoke for good views. There should have been a nice panorama of Shasta.

A long, climbing traverse ensued, curving west, then south, before reaching an east-west ridge. The trail followed the ridge up to Trinity Divide. There were a few nice-looking lakes in the basins below the trail, but too far away to easily visit (a swim would've been really nice).

I hiked north along the Trinity Divide until I found a nice, but dry, campsite on a small saddle. There's so many flies around tonight that I set up the tent to get some peace. It was a pretty good day and I feel good, in spite of the 4,500-foot climb. I passed a few backpackers but didn’t see any PCT hikers today.

Martin "Lei Low" signing off.

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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: www.pcta.org

 

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