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City: Santa Clara
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Begins: Apr 17, 2009
Date: Mon, Mar 23rd, 2009
Start: Skyline Ridge Open Space
End: Horse Ranch
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Pacific Crest Trail Map
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Photo from a previous training hike Borel Hill
Work was slow today.
So I went for a full pack training hike. On my way out to the open space preserve I mentioned my trip in passing, to the clerk at the store. A guy at the store overheard us and the subject came up that I wished to sell one of my two vehicles before the hike.. SOLD!, Just like that!
While giving me a ride home he noticed an old chainsaw I had been tuning up in the front yard.. SOLD! Just like that! I can't believe my Karma. Since commiting to do the PCT several months back, things seem like they are on a railroad track of success for me. I merely have to wish, and before I know it, something comes along!
Even better was while on my training hike up at Skyline ridge, I came upon a group of fellow hikers. I get to talking with one nice Lady and the subject of my PCT hike comes up (Must have been the fully loaded pack I had on!).
She new all about the PCT and had some great suggestions and info. Told me about the hot springs in Red's Meadow and the trail and transit situation in and out of Mammoth, which is one of my resupplies.
So the moral of the story for today is:
If you have junk in the front yard or maybe a spare vehicle to sell.. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail!
If you are looking for first hand info on resupply towns.. Take a training hike 150 miles from the trail!
By the way, It was a clear, brisk, and windy day up there on Borel hill. I could just make out the snow capped Sierra through a gap in the east bay hills.. and somewhere, along that crest, is the trail I will be living on, very soon!
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