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Robert "" Mittman
City: Moraga
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: May 10, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jun 7th, 2009

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Grassy Hollow sign

Back on the trail in the San Gabriels

We got started again. We drove back out to Inspiration Point--no fog this time. We slack-packed it SOBO to Guffy campground, about 5 miles each way. Along the way we went along the top of the Mountain High ski resort. Great views, including all the way back to the San Bernardino Mtns, where we had been. Along the way we ran into Travis (who we had met on that rainy/haily day in the San Bernardinos) and Barney (whose tent we had passed that same day as he sheltered and read a book). Travis just got his Masters in Geology and is thru-hiking while figuring out what to do next. Barney is a retired professor of economics at Chico State. When we returned to the car, we found that two of our water bottles were ruined--the hot air inside deformed the bottom of the bottles and we couldn't push them back. So we drove back down to Wrightwood to get a couple more liters of water.

Back at Inspiration Point we hiked down to the Grassy Hollow Ranger Station, where we met up with Travis and Barney again. We bought a topographic map of a section of the trail up ahead. We want to stop and do some map and compass work to get Hannah better oriented before she starts her solo section in the Sierra Nevada. We hiked with them up to Lamel Springs, where we camped trailside. Lamel Springs is about 1/3 of the way (and 14 switchbacks) up Mt. Baden-Powell. Along the way we went through the neatest forest--scrub oaks that were so skinny, twisted, and close to the trail that it felt like one of the forests from Harry Potter. Just before starting up the switchbacks we crossed Highway 2, the Angeles Crest Highway. It had been closed a bit beyond Inspiration Point for the past 5 years and just opened on May 20. The PCT winds back and forth across the highway for much of its length through the San Gabriels.

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Hannah And Robert PCT

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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