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TRAVEL
September 10, 1995 | JOHN McKINNEY
Every year a couple dozen or so hikers with six months to spare set out to trek the 2,638-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. And in many years, at least a handful of these hardy souls, known as end-to-enders, complete the journey. This year, though, it's doubtful that anyone will go the distance, say PCT experts. The reason? Snow. Record snowfall that had California skiers slaloming into early summer buried the plans of PCT hikers.
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TRAVEL
August 20, 1995 | JOHN McKINNEY
Soaring above the upper Sacramento River Valley are the skyscraper spires of granite called Castle Crags. Wind, rain, ice and even some small glaciers have shaped the granite into distinctive spiky peaks that can be seen from the highway but are best appreciated from a trail. Castle Crags Wilderness, established in 1984, protects 10,500 acres of sculpted rock, mixed conifer forest and alpine lakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1995 | JOEL P. LUGAVERE
As it wanders along desert valleys and mountain passes, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail cuts through some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. But sometimes nature can make an awful mess. When a two-mile stretch of the 2,620-mile trail was washed out and virtually destroyed by January's record rains, a group of Boy Scouts swung into action.
NEWS
July 23, 1993 | WALTER HOUK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Walter Houk writes regularly about recreation for Valley Life
In a short ceremony at Acton on June 5, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt inaugurated the Pacific Crest Trail, a project that has spanned three quarters of a century. The trail is likewise long in distance, 2,638 miles from Mexico to Canada. Had the secretary wanted to show off one of its handsomest Southern California stretches, he would have chosen one in the nearby San Gabriel Mountains. The Pacific Crest Trail idea grew out of Southern California's "great hiking era."
NEWS
July 21, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bob Moision started walking north from the Mexican border one April day last year. One friendship, two pair of boots and 5 1/2 months later, he took his final step of the trip, crossing from the United States into Canada.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rugged Pacific Crest Trail is not for the faint-hearted, and neither was Saturday's water-logged ceremony to celebrate its completion. In a cottonwood grove in the Santa Clarita Valley east of this small town, about 200 spectators and a raft of government officials weathered frequent cloudbursts to mark the long-awaited completion of the 2,638-mile trail between Canada and Mexico. The event was timed to coincide with National Trails Day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1993 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For its 25th birthday, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail got a new leg--its last one. U.S. Forest Service crews recently carved out a 7.5-mile segment near Neenach, a remote community east of Gorman, completing the 2,638-mile transnational trail, scheduled to be inaugurated in a "Golden Spike" ceremony near Acton on Saturday. While hikers have journeyed along the trail since its inception in 1968, it was not until recently that they had an unbroken path to follow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1993 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For its 25th birthday, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail got a new leg--its last one. U.S. Forest Service crews recently carved out a 7.5-mile segment near this remote community east of Gorman, completing the 2,638-mile transnational trail, which will be inaugurated in a "Golden Spike" ceremony near Acton on Saturday. While hikers have journeyed along the trail since its founding in 1968, it wasn't until now that they had an unbroken path to follow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1992
Recently I hiked the length of the Pacific Crest Trail--a 2,627-mile wilderness trail stretching from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. In the five months and four days it took me to complete the expedition I witnessed an almost incomprehensible level of deforestation on our public lands. The harsh reality is that due to many decades of rampant overcutting, approximately 90% of the native forests in the Pacific Northwest have disappeared, and President Bush is leading the charge to clear-cut the 10% that remains for short-term timber industry profits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1992
Memorial services for explorer Warren Lee Rogers, a discoverer of California trails, are scheduled for May 16 at First United Methodist Church in Santa Ana. Rogers, one of the co-founders of the Pacific Crest Trail stretching from Mexico to Canada, died April 28. He was 83. At the time of his death, Rogers was working on getting drinking water sites established along parts of the trail, including one section in the Mojave Desert, his son Donald Lee said.
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