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Miner - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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Sean "Miner" Nordeen
State: California
Country: U.S.A.
Begins: Apr 17, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, May 30th, 2009
Start: 0.5mi before Hwy 18
End: Little Bear Springs Trail Camp
Daily Distance: 19.8
Trip Distance: 284.6

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Big Bear Lake and Mt. San Gorgonio

Little Bear Springs

I woke up at 5am and noticed the horizon over the desert to be bright orange. I wonder what was causing the color since the sky was cloudless. As I packed up I saw a clear fence line halfway between me and the nearest home, so I wasn't on their property afterall. I returned to the trail and started hiking in the cool of the predawn morning. After a couple minutes hiking I came across 2 hikers cowboy camping that were still asleep. Their site was much better then mine so I'm sorry I hadn't continued last night.

Wildflowers line the trail and the tread was good. After about 0.7miles, I crosssed Hwy 18. In about an hour, I reached Doble Trail Camp and stoped for a break. The pit toliet was one of the nicest I've seen in the backcountry even though it didn't have a roof. I got water from the spigot at the horse trough and continued the climb as the days temperature started to rise. At Van Dusen Road, I took a long break at the creek. 3 thru-hikers passed by (2 from the UK) and we talked for awhile before they continued on. I had my lunch in the shade at Road 2N09 and the 3 hikers I met earlier passed me again even though I never passed them. They had mad the mistake of taking the Couger Crest Trail down towards Big Bear that many hikers seem to make and then took a late lunch.

My goal for the day was just past Road 3N12 as I wanted to hold my mileage down at first until my body gets use to trail life again. However, that area is a burn area. All the good camp spots are surrounded by burned dead trees. Not wanting one to come down in the nigh on me, I was forced to continue to Little Bear Springs Trail Camp where I found the 3 thru-hikers and a lady backpacking. My body was spent and I was sore. I had definitely overdone it today. Later, another thru-hiker arrived who knew the other 3 from Idyllwild. I joined them around their small campfire for a short time over dinner and then went to bed early.

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A Walk North On The PCT - 2009

One small step for man, but I'll walk even farther for a burger.

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. Join the PCTA to support this trail.


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