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Kscaffidi - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2019

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Karen Scaffidi
City: Kent
State: WA
Country: United States
Begins: May 1, 2019
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, May 11th, 2019

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Entry Visits: 179
Journal Visits: 6,009
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Guestbook Entrys: 7

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On to Cajon pass & McDonald's

More rain last night. It woke me several times because it was loud inside the tent. We pack some things & enjoy breakfast in the tent. I scored a banana & a handful of bite size "special dark" candy bars from yesterday's trail magic, yum. The sun comes out so we finish packing up outside. The tent is dry by the time we break it down. I start hiking at 8:50. Today's topographic profile looks like a capital M with 2 climbs & a final decent into Cajon pass & the infamous McDonald's, 14 miles away. I start the first climb by winding my way up the hillsides looking back on views of the lake. I top the hill & start a decent into dryer terrain. As noon approaches thunder heads build off to the right & the rumble of thunder becomes non stop. As we ascend to our second peak the wind picks up. The landscape is just beautiful here. A brief shower comes as we start our decent, but within minutes we're off the top & down into sun again. The last bit of trail today winds though the very impressive Crowder Canyon & then suddenly we're at the freeway. A short distance to our right is Micky D's. We join the crowd of hikers gorging on big macs then it's off to the Best Western for a much needed zero day. We check in, shower, & then walk to the nearby mini mart/taco time for drinks & snacks. We'll stay here 2 nights to give my feet a break before heading up to Wrightwood.

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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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