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Matthew Edwards
City: Santa Clara
State: California
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 17, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, May 13th, 2009
Trip Distance: 20.0

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Deep Creek to Wrightwood

The trail down along Deep creek winds in and out of chapparal laced washes. You can see down canyon in the direction you clearly need to go. But you just have to be patient as you must snake along turning right out onto an exposed ledge and left back into a gully. After a few hours the process becomes hypnotic. The blazing sun, an occasional horned toad, a desert candle, and the rythym of feet in trail dust.
The Deep creek canyon is like a Grand Canyon in miniature. Then there are the hot springs. Natural wonderous hot water wells up and fills pools next to deep creek itself. Basking in the hottest pool it is only steps away to a refreshing plunge inthe cool waters of the creek itself.
Further along the canyon bottom is green with many trees and sandy banks. Stark contrast to the dry walls where higher up the PCT treads.
Canyons end brings a large wash and then a climb along chapparal covered hills towards the El Cajon Pass.
El Cajon Pass itself is unremarkable, that is except for the ten lane highway,massive railway network and of course, the PCT McDonalds!
We decended on the fastfood joint like locusts. I personally devoured 2400 calories of food there.
I had: 1-Quarter Pounder with chees, 2 apple pies,1-Fish Filet,Supersize fries, and 3 supersize cokes. Still ate dinner in the canyon wash that night just five miles later.
The next day was a 5000 foot climb up to a really nice camp with the tribe at Guffy Camp. Shootout,Minnie,Birdman,Socks,WhereIsIdo,Vulture Death,Magic,Clint,No Trace,and Unbreakeable.
Wrightwood was a really Hiker Friendly town. The Yodeler for Burgers, Mile High Pizza for.. Well Pizza, and The Evergreen Cafe for Breakfast.
Everyone in town was so friendly to us. Many thanks to you all.
Also a special Thank You To White Buffalo for returning Us to the trail this morning!
Today we are climbing Mt Baden Powell. In fact I am posting from the switchback next to Lamel spring. In another hour We will be atop Baden Powell and hike among the peaks the rest of the day.
This trail is one of great contrasts.
Every turn in the canyon and every climb up a switchback rewards you with something new and incredible.
-Iceaxe
Sent from the Trail on my Peek

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Matt's Pacific Crest Journey

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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