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Mike Tillinghast - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2010

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Mike Tillinghast
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 5, 2010
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
Start: Agua Dulce
End: Cow Canyon

Journal Stats
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Poppies in Antelope Valley

April 29 - May 2

Thursday(4/29) Mailed a bounce box to myself ahead to Hikertown, and started north. Hiked past the Agua Dulce Movie Ranch and then into the hills above town, where I proceeded to climb for 4.5 hours - and it got windier the higher I went; strong enough to blow me sideways. Another long walk down the other side into Bouquet Canyon, where I followed large cougar prints for a couple of miles. At the bottom of the canyon was a dry cache, but just enough water in a tiny creek to filter some and use it. Camped there, and it got really cold - frost on the tent in the morning.

Friday(4/30) Hiked up the other side of Bouquet Canyon - not so steep today, then up and over a bunch of ridges. Found the Andersons' water cache, which is super-cool; a bunch of lawn chairs under shade-trees, complete with decorations, such as hanging skeletons, pink flamingoes, etc. There was plenty of water and a chest full of canned drinks. Thanks, Andersons - that was an unexpected surprise. Met two day-hiking women out there who were nice. Got to San Francisquito Canyon Fire Station about 4:00, and as they had water, made and ate an early dinner. Hiked up onto the next ridge, and for the next 2 hours - finally found a flat enough place to sleep and set up camp.

Saturday(5/1) Woke up early and in a good mood, even though I had no May Pole handy, and had walked to the bottom of Elizabeth Lake Canyon by 10:00. Took a rest there in the shade, got some water from the cache, and headed up the other side, where I encountered torn-up trail from motorcycles for the first (but not last) time. Gaining elevation now, began to pass groves of pine trees, which looked inviting and which the trail did not pass through! Had lunch in an oak grove with grass and flowers - very pleasant. Met several day-hikers there, and then Marius and Sue of Wyoming, who I had met outside Warner Springs, came by, going southbound (they had flip-flopped when the snowstorm hit). I continued westward on the ridge, going from dry ridge to lush, green-carpeted grove intermittantly. About 3:00, began to feel crumby - the cold everyone had had at Agua Dulce was finally catching up with me. Kept going, as I was low on water, as far as Sawmill campground, where I camped.

Sunday(5/2) Slept in today - didn't feel so good. Left camp about 10. Trail started out on north slope - cool and pretty, with gorgeous views of the Antelope Valley and it's swathes of blooming poppies. Soon the trail got over on the south side - hot and overgrown with brush - not so fun. I ran into a trail crew of Boy Scouts and their leaders, and stopped to visit. Stopped for lunch and a nap at Bear Camp. After that, the trail turned downhill and beautiful again, passing through oak groves with the ground carpeted in grass and/or miners' lettuce, with bright flowers mixed in. Then it dropped down into Cow Canyon (containing the San Andreas Fault) where I found some water in a charming stream and a place to camp.

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