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Jack and Barb
Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Thu, May 19th, 2011
Start: Little Jimmy, Mile 384
End: Near Sulfur Springs, Mile 408
Daily Distance: 24
Trip Distance: 408.0
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We got an early start from Little Jimmy Campground. Today would be an odd day, a mix of trail hiking and road walking. When we left, Norm and Kelly (Stormin' Norman and Bluebird) were still asleep.
The Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy. 2) was closed. There was some major damage on the roadway. There was also a detour in place for PCT hikers because of an area that was the habitat for an endangered frog. Since this is tadpole hatching time, we presume the detour may be lifted (or not). The detour would send us to Highway 2, then a walk along Highway 2 for about 4 miles then, oddly enough, from Buckhorn Campground, back up to the trail (a non PCT trail) way up to reconnect to the PCT then a couple of miles of PCT trail which then wound back down to Highway 2. Don't know if this is clear but it appeared from the map that the reroute would be about 9 or 10 miles and if one just stayed on the highway and walked straight to where the PCT reconnected you could save a bunch (much of which was non PCT miles).
We were walking along the closed highway, just us and the road. It is a nice road. Living in So. Cal, neither of us have ever driven Angeles Crest Highway but it is a beauty at every turn. We saw a sign "Buckhorn Campground, 1 mile". Ok, this is where we leave the road and do this big ugly loop up to the PCT then wind back down to the Highway.
Well, at Buckhorn CG, there was no sign. We think the campground may be off the road somewhere. We did see a road closed sign draped across a dirt entry - oh about a mile from the previous sign. We walked on. After about two miles, we realized that there was no Buckhorn CG or we missed it.
RULE 5 (remember rule 5 - Feb 18th entry?): It is ok to be off trail if you get lost and then reconnect to the PCT. - That's our story and we are sticking to it!
We reconnected to the PCT somewhere after walking by the ski area (Mt. Waterman?). To keep the numbers correct, we put in a 24 today but we really didn't. Maybe more like 18, just for the record. The altitude charts put us at 4,170 vertical today as well. We climbed a lot today but probably much less (maybe about 3,200).
BTW many of the other PCT hikers "got lost" at the same spot and must have invoked rule #5
Jack And Barb Take On The PCT
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