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Begins: Dec 23, 2010
Date: Fri, Dec 31st, 2010
End: Pacific Ocean
Daily Distance: 16
Trip Distance: 144.0
Entry Visits: 725
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Guestbook Entrys: 8
I woke at 6, had my favorite breakfast across the street at Burger King and set off in the 30 degree temps. Everything had frozen over and I had all my clothes on for a while. The remaining few miles of the Poway trail system were much easier to follow and there were even some signs. I wound through ravines and around residential complexes. The trail was pretty muddy and flooded especially in the ravines.
I parelleled Penesquitos creek which was to be my companion for the next couple hours. The creek had clearly flooded the valley from the recent storms and there was trash everywhere entangled with all the flooded brush. I crossed under I-15 and soon came to a raging creek. Within 5 minutes I had to do 2 waist deep fords of the creek. I certainly wasn't expecting that and I can tell you that it did not feel too good in the freezing cold morning. I arrived at Black Mountain road and the underpass had at least chest deep water but I was easily able to just cross the road on top.
There were signs up that the trail/canyon was closed due to the storms but I think that was more so the bikers/horses don't tear up the trail. It's not like I had a lot of options so I continued on along the creek, forded thigh high to get to the other side and then climbed out following a set of powerlines up to some seriously big, expensive houses. A nice trail had been built around the development and then I followed dirt paths along a few roads for a few miles. The dirt paths appear to be for the rich people to ride their horses.
I picked up the Carmel Valley use trail which has a dirt and paved path that roughly follows Hwy 56 and had lots of people out for a walk, run or ride. I followed the path to the end, then a small trail that snaked down to roaring Interstate 5 which I proceeded to walk under barely clearing it's tiny 6' height. It was strange having my head 6 inches from the highway.
I then followed Carmel Valley road to the Pacific Ocean at Torrey Pines. It was a beautiful day and I dipped my toes in the water becoming (unofficially) the 5th San Diego Sea to Sea Trail thru-hiker.
The San Diego Sea to Sea Trail is 140 miles of natural beauty, running from the Salton Sea near the Anza-Borrego Desert, to the Pacific Ocean near Del Mar, California. No where else in the world can you experience such a diverse range of geographical and environmental features in just 140 miles!