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Our travels are not over quite yet. Off to Chile and Argentina for a more relaxed bit of backpacking. K's photos will be on our other site overe here: https://maddogsand.wordpress.com/category/patagonia/

Summary Stats and Learnings from the PCT

Summary Stats Total miles walked: 2752.3 Days out: 157 (including 11 zeros) Number of days with precipitation: 21 Average mileage per day: Number of shoes used: D=6; K=6 Major Learnings We have both been humbled by the generosity of strangers while on the PCT. The trail angels who maintain water caches, day trippers who provide … Continue reading Summary Stats and Learnings from the PCT

Section 20 – Idyllwild to Campo and the Mexican Border (ie, The End!)

Our last section on the PCT continued through the San Bernardino National Forest followed by Cleveland National Forest. The trail also went through the San Felipe Hills Wilderness Study Area, Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness, and Hauser Mtn Wilderness Area. Desert terrain again. Cactus and spiky shrubbery contrasted with soft frondy plants and dry grass meadows. … Continue reading Section 20 – Idyllwild to Campo and the Mexican Border (ie, The End!)

Section 19 – Big Bear Lake to Idyllwild

This section continued through San Bernardino National Forest. It also went through the San Gorgonio Wilderness and the San Jacinto Wilderness areas. The trail also passes to the West of Joshua Tree National Park. More desert terrain and a huge ascent (9000' over ~22 miles) up Mt San Jacinto, the highest point near the PCT … Continue reading Section 19 – Big Bear Lake to Idyllwild

Section 18 – Wrightwood to Big Bear Lake

This section went through the San Bernardino National Forest and Silverwood Lake State Park. The terrain was rolling with some long water carries. We also encountered front country infrastructure around Cajon Pass. D137 Mon 28 Oct. Wrightwood to Gobblers Knob mile 356.4 11.00 - 17 15 PCT miles 12.9 A jeep pulled up just as … Continue reading Section 18 – Wrightwood to Big Bear Lake

Section 17 – Tehachapi to Wrightwood

This section was mainly through the Angeles National Forest. It started off going through Tehachapi Pass where they grow windmills, dropped into the desert plain where they grow solar panels, and then traversed along the LA aqueduct. 58 miles out of Tehachapi the trail turned East and follows balcony paths lined with vicious scrub plants … Continue reading Section 17 – Tehachapi to Wrightwood

Section 16 – Kennedy Meadows South to Tehachapi

This section continued through the Sequoia National Forest and also went through Owen's Peak Wilderness and the Scodie and Piute Mountain ranges. The terrain was "lumpy" with steady ascents of between 1500' and 3000' most days. The PCT kept to the edge of the mountainous region allowing views of the plains to the East and … Continue reading Section 16 – Kennedy Meadows South to Tehachapi

Section 15 – Independence to Kennedy Meadows South

This section started in Kings Canyon National Park and the John Muir Wilderness and quickly entered Sequoia National Park followed by Sequoia National Forest and the Southen Sierra Wilderness. The terrain transitioned rapidly from high granite peaks to sparse sequoia forest to the hot (desert?) lowlands. D113 Fri 4 Oct. Back to trail over Kearsage … Continue reading Section 15 – Independence to Kennedy Meadows South

Section 14 – Mamoth Lakes to Independence

This section went through the John Muir Wilderness and King's Canyon National Park. The terrain was mountainous with high granite peaks and stunningly blue alpine lakes. Lots of ascent/descent over high passes. D103 Tue 24 Sept. Devil's Postipile mile 903.8 to McLeod Lake on the Sierra High Route (SHR) 13.30 - 16.30 PCT miles 0 … Continue reading Section 14 – Mamoth Lakes to Independence

Section 13 – South Lake Tahoe to Mamoth

This section went through Mokelumne Wilderness and Carson Iceberg Wilderness before droping into Northern Kennedy Meadows for a resupply. After Kennedy Meadows the trail entered Emigrant Wilderness and soon after that into Yosemite National Park. After Tuolumne Meadows we joined the Sierra High Route as we had already hiked the JMT/PCT in 2014 and were … Continue reading Section 13 – South Lake Tahoe to Mamoth