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Published: January 30th 2018
Pacific Crest TrailWednesday, 12/27
Start of the PCT as it leaves Walker Pass heading to a series of switchbacks climbing to the top of a ridge.
. This morning we drove through Ridgecrest, CA, and on to Walker Pass where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses CA highway 178 on its way north to Canada. Ridgecrest is a small town where Cheryl Strayed, author of the book 'Wild', had her camp stove repaired before continuing her PCT hike from Walker Pass. We parked at the pass and hiked about 5 miles north, following in Cheryl's footsteps, before stopping at a sheltered saddle between two small summits where we ate our lunch of two cold cut combo subs that we had left over from the previous day. Soggy but delicious. It is a scientifically proven fact, to which I can attest, that food definitely tastes better on the trail. After returning to the car, we drove on to Lake Isabella, CA, and the Paradise Cove Lodge where we spent the night. Thursday, 12/28.
Up a bit later this AM for the drive to Ft. Hunter-Leggitt where we would spend the night. Ft. Hunter-Leggitt is an active US Army base that mainly trains National Guard units for deployment or for their annual 2 week training period. While we were there, it was pretty non-busy. Not much
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Looking back at the switchbacks we climbed to get to the trail along the ridge.
happening there, but that was all good for us. The fort occupies some 160 thousand acres in the mountains of central California, though only a few of those acres are in the garrison cantonment area which is restricted as to access.
We took it easy today since we had already had three good days of hiking, and it was about a 4 hour drive from Lake Isabella. The route took us along CA hwy #46 (previously US hwy 466). Along that highway we stopped at the Blackwell's Corner Mini Mart where we bought some souvenirs. It so happens that James Dean's last stop, just before he was killed in a traffic accident in September of 1955, was at this same place. The store, which had a large likeness of him outside, made sure you were aware of this fact. A little later we passed the James Dean Memorial Intersection where the accident occurred.
After arriving at the fort, we toured the historic Mission San Antonio de Padua, established in 1771, which is located right outside of the garrison cantonment area. After the tour, we got our miles in walking around the base. Lodged at the Army Hotel on
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Looking east from along the trail.
the fort and enjoyed the nice facilities at an economical price.
Tot: 1.351s; Tpl: 0.046s; cc: 9; qc: 50; dbt: 0.0322s; 1; m:saturn w:www (22.214.171.124); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.6mb