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Cosher87 - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2011

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City: Spokane
State: WA
Begins: Apr 23, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, May 3rd, 2011
Daily Distance: 14
Trip Distance: 164.0

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I spoke to soon yesterday, as the wind picked up and howled all night long. Regardless, I slept well but still left camp a bit late, about 8am. There was easy hiking for the first few miles, as we continued through large fields of scrub and wildflowers. We dropped down into a huge canyon with great panoramic views, only to of course have to climb right back out of it.

Made it to the Pine to Palms highway, where Chilly Willy, Holden and I walked the 1 mile to the next highway junction. Holden and I hitched into Anza for lunch, while Chilly Willy hitched to Idylwild to take care of her sore feet. We had lunch at La Cosina, which had great food with really good portions. The hitch out of Anza took us a bit longer, but we finally got back to the highway junction and walked the 1 mile back to the trail head. That's 2 non-PCT miles, which aren't fun but was worth it for town food.

Today was even hotter than yesterday, but the scenery quickly changed as we climbed above the desert into huge granite cliffs and boulders, with scattered pine trees. This area is starting to look more and more like alpine mountains, very beautiful. We're now camped at tunnel creek, which smells terribly of sulfur. Unfortunately, it was our only water source for miles and we are forced to drink it. Good camp spot though and our next water will not be for 11 miles, so sulfur water it is. Gross!

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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:


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