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Begins: Apr 5, 2010
Date: Sun, May 23rd, 2010
Start: Ashland, OR
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Back from trail crew week
May 16-22: The week with the Lyons Pride Trail Crew was as fun as usual. The trail section we worked on is beautiful, and we got a lot done. There were 14 of us this time - the largest crew I've worked on so far. The food and company was great, as always, and we had quite a bit of rain, but it fell mostly at night, so that was helpful. On the last day we did a sizeable rock project - shoring up a small drainage that crosses the trail twice. We hauled rocks for several hours, and it struck me that from above we must have looked like an ant colony, carrying bits of material to and from the work site. If the plans don't change again, I'll spend another week with the crew in June, working on the trail somewhere west of I-5.
If you're looking for a nice section of trail to hike, I highly recommend the PCT from the McCloud River bridge at Ash Camp up to Butcherknife Creek or beyond, which would be 8-10 miles round-trip. Right now the dogwood and various wildflowers are blooming, and it's beautiful. The trail itself is pretty Awesome too!
May 23: I'm back from our week of trail maintainance, resting over the weekend to head out again. My next stretch of trail was to be Donner Pass to Castle Crags or beyond, but there is so much snow in that zone that I may have to go back to Southern California and pick up a couple of sections I was forced (by snow and ice) to skip last month. I guess you could say the first major lesson I've learned on the trail is the importance of remaining flexible - being willing and able to change your plans radically and often!
Mike T.'s 2010-2012 PCT Hike
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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