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Begins: Apr 27, 2010
Date: Mon, Jul 12th, 2010
Start: Manning, British Columbia
End: Manning, British Columbia
Trip Distance: 446.0
Entry Visits: 720
Journal Visits: 18,326
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Pacific Crest Trail Map
Regretfully, I needed to call an end to the PCT hike this season. After reaching Kennedy Meadows at the southern end of the Sierras the snow load was more than than I wanted to tackle. California had approximately 160% snow load for a normal year which would not make for a fun hike and possibly beyond my capabilities. I decided to go to the Northern end of the trail and try going south from Manning Park in British Columbia. This decision was also flawed because of a very late spring and late snows. The trail in northern Washington was heavily covered in snow and very rugged. As it turned out, several people made it through right before me, but from reading their journals, I don't think they would have repeated it. One had a case of frostbite and a couple of others had to get the sheriff to take them out and off the trail. I was by myself and did not have a GPS and crampons. These factors really helped me make my decision to call it a season. There is always another year with better conditions.
Doing the 705 miles in Southern California was an experience that was completely different than doing the AT. The PCT was no where near as steep as the AT and it seemed like an endless trail following the contour of the land. By-and-large, the trail tread was in good shape. Most everyone suffered from blisters and I attribute this to the hot sand. The temperature in the desert along with the lack of water for long stretches caused me to carry much more water than I normally do. All in all I enjoyed the trail in Southern California as I got to see many places that I haven't visited in the past 55 years.
We will see what takes place in the future as I have the Long Trails still in my blood. I want to thank all the Trail Angels that provided us help in one sort and another. I also got to meet some really nice people out hiking the trail, and will remain with fond memories of the PCT.
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: www.pcta.org