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Lionheart - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2013

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Lion Heart
City: Ukiah
State: CA
Begins: Apr 25, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Start: mile 1245.5
End: 1266.5
Daily Distance: 21
Trip Distance: 1,054.0

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descent to middle fork of feather river

Feather

Feather River swim
One spring after another
Hot afternoon climb


Was so comfortable in my spot I didn't want to get up this morning. Easy downhill miles to the middle fork of the feather river (elevation about 3000 ft.) The ultimate swimming hole with the perfect temperature water. Just cool enough to refresh. After a couple hours I decided I better get going if I was going to make my miles. The others showed up just before I left. So hard to leave perfection.

Is it me or was it hecka hot today? Within 5 minutes of leaving the river, I was dripping sweat. So much so that I was thinking of bottling it up. "SmartScent. Salted To Perfection." The long 10 mile, 3000 foot climb was a tough one for me in the heat. Finally as 6 pm closed in it cooled enough and the terrain flattened a bit so I could squeeze out my remaining miles.

The deer are no dummies. The pct is their main trail as I have seen it full of deer tracks everyday now. Even scared one off as I approached a spring this evening.

Seeing touches of home now: Doug fir, poison oak, tan oak, manzanita, canyon live oak, alligator lizard.

Camped here by myself again. The moon is already shining brightly. Exhausted.

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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: www.pcta.org

 

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