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January 25, 2005 | Scott Doggett
THE U.S. Forest Service has released a new map of the Southern California portion of the Pacific Crest Trail -- the first of 10 that will cover the entire 2,650-mile route. The richly detailed maps, printed on tear-resistant and waterproof synthetic paper, fold up small and contain topographic and geographic coordinates, trail elevations and details about access roads, trail heads and feeder trails. Previously, hikers needed multiple maps to get the information contained in one new map.
COME LATE afternoon here at hiker heaven, the new bodies turn up like strays seeking scraps. They limp in, stinking, blinking and grateful. They lurch for the beckoning chairs on the shaded patio. They fling down their packs. And they mutter names that sound like roll call at San Quentin. "Green Bean," says a lanky Georgian in a duct-taped cowboy hat, introducing himself. His wife, Woolly Mammoth, follows. Some hikers are teens, some are retired. Some are chatty, some stoic.
April 13, 2004
On the Pacific Crest Trail, there are lots of miles (2,650) and lots of mammals. Big ones. You can view them at close range April 24 at the annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off at Lake Moreno County Park in Campo, Calif. This "low-key gathering of present section- and thru-hikers, past thru-hikers, ancient thru-hikers, trail angels, supporters and aspiring section- and thru-hikers" pumps up those destined to spend months away from the Starbucks-swilling hordes. What's that like?
March 30, 2004
Hikers shuck their routine -- and their given names -- beginning this month to tackle the 2,650-mile trek between Mexico and Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Most will travel south to north for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 months if they go all the way. Some will adopt trail names like Soupbean, Blaze, Memory Lapse, Molasses and French Fry and Yucca (a couple).
November 3, 2001
Brian Robinson of San Jose went for a hike in January and wound up last weekend, 7,371 miles later, on the snowy summit of Maine's Mt. Katahdin. Robinson, a 40-year-old engineer, did what no one else has ever done, or possibly even tried. He hiked the length of the three national scenic trails--the Pacific Crest, the Continental Divide and the Appalachian--within a year. In 10 months, in fact, averaging about 30 miles a day on the Pacific and Continental legs, and gulping 6,000 calories daily.
July 22, 2001 | JOHN McKINNEY
Naturalist David Rains Wallace called this part of Northern California the "Klamath Knot," and with good reason: The Klamath Mountains tie together the Marble Mountains, Trinity Mountains and Siskiyous. The high point of the "knot" is 9,038-foot Mt. Eddy, which stands above splendid lakes and wildflower-dotted meadows. Atop Mt. Eddy is a lookout, abandoned in 1931, with commanding views of Mt. Shasta, the Trinity Alps and the towns of Mt. Shasta and Weed.
April 21, 2001
I am unhappy with your "Happy Trails for Most Everyone" piece (by Phil Davis, April 5). About 243 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, which extends from the Mexican to Canadian borders, passes through Southern California. But not an inch of the story was devoted to the PCT, which is remarkably accessible in both the Angeles and San Bernardino national forests. My sense is that the writer was more interested in campgrounds than hiking, anyway. FREDERICK SCHOEMEHL Tustin
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