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Drewsmith - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2014

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Drew "Happy Hour" Smith
City: Boulder
State: CO
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 8, 2014
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, May 8th, 2014
Start: mile 644
End: mile 652
Daily Distance: 6
Trip Distance: 435.0
Entry Lat: 35.650824
Entry Lng: -117.672868

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 999
Journal Visits: 14,738
Guestbook Views: 699
Guestbook Entrys: 5

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Walker pass, end of my trail


Although frost covered my bivy sack, the morning was calm and clear as the birds gave me their wake-up call and I began brewing my morning coffee. I dawdled a bit, as I had not far to go, and was not eager for the trip to end. But there was no point in just hanging around, so I packed up my gear for the last time and began the easy hike down to Walker Pass.

I caught a glimpse of a gray flash in the bushes ahead of me, and found fresh bobcat tracks on the trail. It seemed a fitting bookend to the hike, as I had seen a bobcat my first day on the trail, a month and some 470 miles earlier.

Soon I heard the road and then was on it - finished. OffKilter was there on the other side, hitching a ride to Lake Isabella for resupply before heading to Kennedy Meadows and the High Sierra. We chatted for a while, then took up opposite stations on the road. I got picked up first, by a nice couple who grow greenhouse tomatoes in Inyokern, and waved goodbye to OffKilter, the mountains and the trail.

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The 40-year Section Hike

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:


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