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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...

PCT North California, PCT Thru Hike / 28.06.2018

At mile 1634.5. Hiked 20.7 miles today. Here is a close up view showing the layers of marble found in Marble Mountain Wilderness. Wildflowers, Marble, and Trail. I flushed out a grouse. I heard one of the chicks peep, then silence. The hen moved in clear sight while drwing. attention to itself. And away from any hidden chicks. This is a pattern that I have seen before and will see again later this day. I think this is how grouse outwit bobcats and the like. Mother hen distracts to save the...