Pacific Crest Trail 2013

I first hiked the Pacific Crest Trail over the course of 1994 and 1996, then I hiked the whole thing in one go in 2013. During the latter hike I kept this website updated as I progressed up the trail. I still have about 45 hours of video to edit, but in the meantime there is a lot for you to look at here. Over the course of the 168 days I wrote 138,734 words and put 13,644 photos on this website.

April 17th, 2013 - 12:25pm
September 25th, 2013 - 5:05pm
May 17th, 2013
CaliforniaSaddle near Moody Canyon Road to Acton KOA Campground
19.36 km today
715 km total
12.03 mi today
444.28 mi total
20130925 20130922 20130919 20130916 20130911 20130902 20130901 20130830 20130827 20130824 20130821 20130820 20130814 20130814 20130813 20130811 20130808 20130808 20130807 20130805 20130802 20130802 20130802 20130731 20130731 20130729 20130726 20130722 20130721 20130718 20130714 20130711 20130710 20130708 20130707 20130704 20130701 20130626 20130623 20130622 20130619 20130617 20130614 20130613 20130610 20130604 20130602 20130530 20130526 20130523 20130521 20130517 20130516 20130512 20130511 20130509 20130507 20130502 20130428 20130426 20130424 20130422 20130417 Pacific Crest Trail Map

Woke up and my sleeping bag had a huge layer of dew on it. I packed up and hoofed it to the North Fork ranger station.

Oh, forgot to mention all the helicopters I heard last night. At the North Fork ranger station there is a helipad that was getting some use. For some reason I felt I needed to shut off my headlamp before they passed by.

After walking a few miles I saw the ranger station and the helipad. This is where the trail "turns right" and starts heading north again. The westward crawl was done.

Had a pretty fast drop down to the Soledad Canyon Road near Acton. Today around 2pm was a month out. It looks like I made it about 440 miles taking three days off and a lot of half days. Not too bad.

There is a KOA campground near the PCT just after Soledad Canyon Road. The turnoff to the campground from the PCT isn't exactly welcoming. There is trash everywhere and there are several RVs and trailers. One hiker later told me that he saw a couple having a stereotypical trail park domestic argument.

Got to the KOA and it was really nice. I saw Larry out sleeping on the lawn. He had been there for a few days. Lucky had taken off a few days earlier. Larry said that the KOA was a better place to hang out and wait for his brother rather than further up the trail.

I was planning on doing another five miles or so which would leave an easy five miles into Agua Dulce. That didn't happen. More hikers showed up, Larry offered to drive us down to the store and get beer. You know the rest.

The two restaurants in Acton offered delivery out to the KOA. Some of us ordered pizza and others ordered from the Chinese / American / Mexican / Italian restaurant. I figured the latter would be better because they were so skilled at cooking different cuisines. The pizza showed up pretty fast but the other restaurant took its time. They basically stacked up orders for up to an hour and then made a delivery.

Eventually there was about 25 people or so camped in our area. Tomorrow is a 10 mile push into Agua Dulce.

May 17th, 2013