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Date: Mon, Jul 11th, 2011
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Pacific Crest Trail Map
Eric and I agreed to leave the trail with Dr. J at Barker Pass. The forest service road leading down the mountain was mostly covered with snowpack.
We were anxious to get to town and find the nearest restaurant. A local artist and his wife gave three of us a ride into Tahoe City.
It was here that I decided for sure that I was going to end my section hike short. Yes, I could go farther north to clearer sections, but honestly, I had done my share of shuttling between various areas around the trail. The idea of this hike for me was to enjoy the trail and let my mind wander while taking in the surrounding beauty. I could say the first month of the hike was promising in that respect, but then when the hardships became a daily constant, and the idea of having to flip flop several times to get to decent trail was in the future, it became clear to me that this is not how I waned to spend my time. The trail will always be there and I will delight in the idea of doing further section hikes, or just one big one to finish it off.
I love this trail so much and don't want to walk away despising it. To be sure, I will have the thrill of planning yet another adventure along the PCT.
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