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Begins: Apr 15, 2020
Date: Wed, Apr 29th, 2020
Trip Distance: 71.6
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Pacific Crest Trail Map
Friends & Family,
Although I have only been on the trail for 13 days I have regretfully made the decision to stop the hike for now. I am sure this will disappoint some of you. I sincerely have appreciated all of your support and encouragement!
I have been concerned about my safety. You have noted my comments about the poor quality of the trail this year due to excessive rains. I have not twisted my ankles or knees yet but have come close many times. I began to feel shin splint stress and my feet are not happy so the impact is building up. I do not want to have to be rescued.
I am also not happy with how overgrown the trail is and how difficult it is to see any snakes. I came across 4 rattlesnakes in this 160 miles.
Water availability has been sporadic. Temperatures are already rising, some temps already approaching 90's and 100's in the lower areas. And I still have 500 miles of desert to go, including across the Mojave area.
This hike has been difficult, much more than I expected. While I learned a lot and had a great experience, I want to shake things up. I am going to skip the rest of the southern section and take some R&R. I will get back on trail in the Sierras when the snow pack looks safe enough to proceed. I'll keep you posted.
The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2650 mile national scenic trail that runs from the Mexican border up to the Canadian border through California, Oregon and Washington. The trail crosses over 57 major mountain passes. It dips into 19 major canyons and ambles past more than 1,000 lakes and tarns. The PCT passes through five national monuments, five state park units, six national parks, seven BLM field offices, 25 national forest units and 48 federal wilderness areas.