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Ellen S - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2010

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Elderly Ellen
State: AZ
Country: US
Begins: Apr 20, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, May 15th, 2010
Start: Cajon Pass
End: Gobblers Knob
Daily Distance: 18
Trip Distance: 367.6

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Day 27

A good day to go back to the mountains. Yeahbut didn't sleep well because of the noise from I15. We were up by 5am, had a leisurely continental breakfast, then hit the trail with Structure joining us. Rather than walk back past McDonalds to the trailhead, we tried a 'shortcut'. We followed the drainage between the interstate and some railroad tracks, knowing that the trail had to pass thru there. Unfortunately, the drainage had more and more brush to battle as we went on. We did get to the trail eventually, but didn't really save any time. For future travellers, there is a dirt road to the right of the first railroad tracks that would easily lead straight to the trail. We hiked uphill thru faulted and wind eroded rocks until we hit the trail closure. Thus began a 15 mile detour, first along back dirt roads. We climbed over a ridge into Lytle Canyon. Once we had dropped into this canyon, we spent the rest of the detour walking uphill on paved and dirt roads until we reached 6000+ feet. We took a couple of breaks, one at a picnic area, another at a shooting range (they were very nice and had cold drinks and snacks for sale). We regained the true PCT and followed it to a lovely saddle with great views of nearby snow-covered mountains. Maybe because of the short day yesterday, the miles seemed pretty painless. Despite all the uphill, we're feeling good. We stopped here because the trail climbs to over 8000 feet in the next few miles, so sleeping would be colder. Good hiking, good company, good weather...does it get any better than this?

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2010

Elderly Ellen and YeahBut
'The miracle isn't that I finished, the miracle is that I had the courage to start.' John (the Penguin) Bingham


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