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PCT North California / 30.07.2018

At mile 2279.5. Hiked 30.1 miles today. Total 5830 foot ascent today. Steeper grades and rocky trail surfaces in portions of Goat Rock near Knife’s Edge. Two significant snow crossings on steep slopes.  We noticed patterns in the trail that indicated it rained in some areas the previous night, but I have yet to have rainbow on my tent. Here is some Larkspur. Here are photos of the Goat Rocks area. A cairn. Meadow I liked this unusual pile of rocks. We took care crossing here. A misstep and we would slid past the snow...

PCT North California, PCT Thru Hike / 03.07.2018

At mile 1755.3. Hiked 23.3 miles today. I walked between public and private land. All was equally beautiful. In this area the pipe gates have a different design and I was pleased to see that they were painted red. Better than rust color. A large lava boulder lay about 5 feet from the door of my tent. In the morning a bird perched on the tip of the rock and sang its machine gun song. It then repeated the same at a higher pitch. It was nice to lie there...

PCT North California, PCT Thru Hike / 01.07.2018

Day 70 - Bizarre  At mile 1717.7. Hiked 17.5 miles today. Walked unknown number of off trail and town miles. I hiked to Interstate-5 where I hitched a ride to Ashland. I was dropped off at Albertsons Grocery so thought I would shop for my resupply. At the entryway I dropped my pack into a large cart, pulled out my hiker trash and dropped the trash in a can just outside the glass door maybe 30 feet away. When I turned around my cart with backpack was gone. Gone in...

PCT North California, PCT Thru Hike / 01.07.2018

At mile 1700.2. Hiked 24 miles today. Rating: Don’t Miss. Looking up the trail I saw something that looked like a huge long legged jack rabbit hopping down the trail. A doe nosed this animal into a hiding place at the edge of the trail. Of course it was a tiny fawn. It would not move. I could have stroked it, but left it unmolested. I thought, newborn and Bambi. Later upon examining the enlarged photo, I noticed an injury to the leg. Now I think about “The Yearling”...

PCT North California / 01.07.2018

At mile 1676.2. Covered 20.3 miles today. Trail rating - Skip After breakfast at the Cafe, I had a late start sometime after 9 am. Here is someone who took on the Seiad Cafe Pancake  challenge. Today I took an alternate route from Seiad Valley using Road 48N20 to join the PCT at Cook and Green Pass. This was recommended by several people over the past week. I was told that the bypassed portion of the PCT is in burn area, exposed to sun, and had not been maintained allowing poison...

PCT North California, PCT Thru Hike / 28.06.2018

At mile 1655.9. Hiked 21.4 miles today. The day started with another soft sunrise. I was on the trail by 5:50 AM. Some of the trail is overgrown with raspberry plants.  I reached Grider creek and crossed the creek rock hopping, then later via bridge. The trail followed this Gridee creek for miles with several bridge crossings. I was surprised to find nice smelling wild gardenias. Here are some wild orchids. I meet a PCT trail maintenance team. They have a camp at Grider Creek Campground. This crew of volunteers will work on washes...