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Donwood - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2014

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Don "Days Late" Wood
City: Palo Alto
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 18, 2014
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Mar 25th, 2014
Start: Palo Alto
End: Saratoga Gap

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 387
Journal Visits: 10,634
Guestbook Views: 429
Guestbook Entrys: 3

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Test Hike

On Saturday 3/25 at 0800 I started hiking from my home in Palo Alto. I planned to hike to the ocean and back. I hiked up the hills through Arastradero Preserve into Foothills Park, then Los Trancos Preserve then Monte Bello Preserve then Skyline Preserve and made it to Long Ridge preserve at 2000 stopping for the night after 19.6 miles. Next morning I was up at 0500 and practiced night hiking heading into Portola State Park, Pescadero Creek County Park through a private easement into Big Basin Redwoods State Park where I spent the night near Park Headquarters, a 27 mile day. Next morning, I hiked out to the beach at Rancho Del Oso and back to park Headquarters for the night, a 21 mile day. The final leg was to hike to the top of the mountains to Saratoga Gap. This final leg was only 17.5 miles but I did get some rain for the last half of the hike. The hike provided some pretty good elevation changes (It's 2800 feet from the beach to Saratoga Gap, 2400 from Palo Alto to Long Ridge and a lot of mountains between. Total hike 85.1 miles in four days. No ill effects, in fact it felt good. Only a little over two weeks until I start the hike.

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