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Brianle - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2018

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Brian "Gadget" Lewis
City: Bellevue
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 29, 2018
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Jul 7th, 2018
Start: cold springs, mile 1305.4
End: Williams Cabin site, mile 1292.7
Daily Distance: 12.7
Trip Distance: 125.3

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 137
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Guestbook Views: 74
Guestbook Entrys: 4

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Ed descending

Another On-Trail Nero

Not a lot to write about today. The weather was nice but as we descended down towards Belden and morning turned to afternoon it got ever warmer, and though there was a fair bit of shade along the way, I felt for the thru-hikers climbing up in the heat. We're camped tonight at about 3600 feet (above sea level), and the town of Belden is at about 2200 feet. At our campsite it's perhaps 80 degrees in the shade, but we have a periodic cooling breeze. Very fortunately, Ed was able to reserve a room in Belden for tomorrow night, so we will have air conditioning, as well as other amenities. Compared to how the typical thru-hiker lives along the trail, we're practically glamping here (look it up).

A lot of the hiking this morning was quite nice, pleasant views, good temperature, but in addition to it getting warmer on the way down, most of the downhill trail was quite rocky, at times not much different from walking along a dry creek bed.

Fortunately, water seems to be flowing well, no dry creek beds where we expect water. The site we're camped at is supposed to have a small creek that can go dry later in the season, but plenty of flow at this point.

Tomorrow we'll hike about 6 miles downhill to be in Belden in time for breakfast, and other than basic town chores, take the rest of the day off. (the thru-hiker version of) Glamping!

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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:


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