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Thomas "10-k" Bradford
Begins: Apr 21, 2014
Date: Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Trip Distance: 20.0
Entry Visits: 675
Journal Visits: 3,387
Guestbook Views: 309
Guestbook Entrys: 3
Warner Springs Community Center
Since my last entry 3.5 days have passed. It's clear I'm not going to be able to post daily updates - for one thing there is seldom service and by the time I'm in camp I'm too tired to hunt and peck on the iPad onscreen keyboard. so... I'll update when i have access to a keyboard and use Facebook at a filler. You can send me a friend request at www.facebook.com/hikingtom
After leaving Lake Merino I hiked to Mt. l.aguna lodge and picked up my first resupply box. I also got the last room and spent the night. Hiked through the desert from Mt Laguna to Warner Springs over the next 2.5 days, spending 2 nights on trail. I'm at the community center in Warner Springs and have had breakfast, lunch, and shower. I also picked up my next resupply box at the post office. I have a room reserved in Idyllwild 42 miles up the trail so I'll probably get back on the trail in a few hours.
The desert is beautiful. It's hot and dry and water is precious. The trail itself is nicely graded - nothing like the AT with its sharp ups and downs but it is still in the mountains and that means going up and down. Did I mention how hot it is? There are no blazes on the PCT but it's very easy to follow - what other well maintained trail could you possibly be on?
I'm just now starting to catch hikers. Till now been alone -the first 3-4 hikers I passed had injuries - this morning I passed a couple of people who are just getting up and I hiked into Warner Springs with a guy this morning. It's supposed to cool off a little and even rain over the next few days. That would be a real treat. '
The word for the day: Hot
Pacific Crest Trail
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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