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Fireweed - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2010

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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 24, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, May 19th, 2010
Start: Whitewater Creek
End: Spring at the head of Mission Creek
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 276.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 501
Journal Visits: 47,736
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Guestbook Entrys: 12

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View of Mt. San Jacinto

Mission Creek Madness

Once again I was impressed by the scenery on the trail on the true crest. Great views of San Jacinto snow covered and the peaks closer to Big Bear area. I actually enjoyed the 3000 foot gradual climb up Mission Creek--it was interesting because of the route finding necessitated by washouts and water was always there. The whole drainage was burned in a wildfire. The fire scar was sad--it wiped out most of the shade on the trail. As an ex-fire management person I must say I resent the damage of the fire--with global warming happening, the trees will never come back, I think. I used to be an enthusiastic supporter of re-introduction of fire on the landscape. I managed lightning fires for resource benefit. But now, with the changing climate, what has been burned in these arid areas I'm afraid is permanently gone.

I also got skunked for the first time in camp--a couple with a dog were camped at the main camp site next to the spring (Salami, Fugitive and dog Igor). I quickly deployed on a scarce flat spot right next to the trail.

Wildflowers: columbine, yellow Mariposa lillies, scarlet gilia, brittlebush.

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