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Mrolph - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2008

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

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 20th, 2008
Start: ridge below Devils Peak
End: Alex Hole Camp
Daily Distance: 23.5
Trip Distance: 1,487.0
Entry Lat: 41.933348
Entry Lng: -122.968941

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Entry Visits: 1,193
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Last Night in California

Last night in California! I forgot to mention: Yesterday I passed the 1,000-miles-to-go point (yay!).

I didn't have much energy today. I did fine on the remaining steep climb up past upper Devils Peak, but I was really dragging after that. At about 10AM, I passed a day-hiker near the turn to Echo Lake. I waved just as a large rattlesnake came alive in front of me. This one was similar in color to the last one (green diamonds), but much bigger, about the length and diameter of a baseball bat. It scooted under a bush before I could get a picture.

There was an amusing episode this morning. The trail was traversing down a steep, brushy hillside. The brush was about four feet high and very thick. I spotted a doe coming up the trail towards me. I stopped and watched while the doe kept coming. Eventually, she stopped about twenty feet in front of me and stared. I realized she wanted to pass and didn’t want to bushwack around. I stepped aside and she scampered past looking annoyed.

I stopped for lunch in the shade and promptly fell asleep. Voices from down the trail woke me up about 45 minutes later. It was Lucky, Milky, and Gadget. They had gotten an early start from town. I hiked with them for the rest of the afternoon. We seem to hike at a similar pace. They're a bit faster going downhill, but I catch up going uphill.

At about 8:30PM, we made it to the spur trail to Alex Hole Camp and decided to stop there. Neighbor and Chickety pulled in at about the same time. There's a decent spring here, but signs of a lot of cow activity...I think I'll treat my water tonight. There's a cool breeze blowing, and I put on warm clothes for the first time in awhile. Looking forward to Oregon tomorrow.

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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