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Jack5455 - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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Jack "John Deer" Wallace
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 12, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Apr 18th, 2009
Start: Near Sunrise Tr junction
End: 3 mi S of Scissors Crossing
Daily Distance: 16
Trip Distance: 74.0
Entry Lat: 33.06949
Entry Lng: -116.46628

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 368
Journal Visits: 36,687
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Guestbook Entrys: 44

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YWF = yellow wild flowers

Flower day

Yesterday was rock and boulder day and today was flower day. I had to detour to the Sunrise TH for more water from a horse trough. By the time I was hiking the actual trail, it was 8 a.m. Getting a late start like that made the rest of the day extra warm. I know that it will get a lot hotter though. Today was the first day that I ran into a lot of people: day hikers, SB section hikers, 8 or so of us NB thru hikers, and even a few mountain bikers on the Rodriguez Spur Road.

There were 8 of us at the fire tank at Rodriguez Spur Road. The water reports were "filter well" and there were comments like "The water looked fine after we pulled the dead coyote out and now we have dinner too." Now I am really counting on the effectiveness of the Steri-pen.

Ok, flowers started to show up as I descended to Chariot Canyon Road - yellow, pink, purple, more yellow - too bad I don't know their names. Even cacti were blooming as I descended further to the alluvial sand wash area south of Scissors Crossing. This is also where I camped with lots of birds chattering at sunset and even a rattlesnake sounded off for me - I think.

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Jack Wallace aka John Deer

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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