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Begins: Apr 25, 2009
Date: Wed, May 13th, 2009
End: Big Bear
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Trip has been great so far including the usual aches and pains. Everyone seems to have their share of blisters.
I am dropping weight at my usual rate of almost one pound per day. Water is scarce but managable. The days are hot and the nights are cool.
Highlights of the first two and a half weeks include encounters with illegals running the trail, rattlesnakes, a few intertesting hitches, and the great scenery of the PCT. I bagged my first 10000 ft. peak (Jacinto) and camped over 10k ft. too.
Warner Springs Ranch was a great place to stay. I did not try the hot spring but John said it was great. Idyllwild was a lot of fun. The locals are very friendly and the campground in the middle of town is hard to beat.
John will be hiking another 150 to 200 miles with me and then I will be ditching the truck for a little while. It has been a real asset having the truck nearby with different gear to try out, xtra food, and a stash of beer. Left Field and Donovan are using the truck as a bounce box. We are planning some side trips with the truck in the near future.
We seem to be hiking at the same pace as many other hikers who enjoy a beer or two. This has enhanced town visits and made it a little more difficult to escape town.
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