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10th May 2015

Mileage 23.3

Little Jimmy Camp (384.3) Bushcamp (407.6)

PCT 400 miles

It was a rather crowded campsite last night. I picked what I thought was a quiet spot away from everybody. I executed the plan well until about 9pm a rather loud sound eminated from one of the two tents near me. It was quite possibly the loudest snoring I ever heard. Tink who was in the other tent near me thought there was a bear in the campsite. Suffice to say I didn’t sleep well and was slow to make it onto the trail.

I set off alone on the trail as it slowly descended through groves of Sugar Pines till it crossed the main highway. I then set off on an unwelcome climb upwards gaining 1500 feet in elevation. After yesterdays effort I was done with climbing but I acknowledge that this is not called the Pacific Valley Trail. 

The PCT then descended back to the road. Near this point I was forced to walk on the main highway. There is a rare and endangered frog surviving in a small pocket of forest near the trail. For protection this area is closed necessitating a road walk. This I did at speed to limit my time exposure to potentially dangerous drivers or more correctly wannabe motorbike racers. 

A short time after the road walk I passed another milestone, PCT 400 miles. The the big ‘I would walk 500 miles’ is next. I was in a good mood due to my recent achievement. I reached a place called Camp Glenwood. Brad (cool name) called me over and asked if I wanted a burger. Of course I would I advised him. I started salivating immediately.

I entered the small one room shack to be greeted by fellow hikers, Zig Zag, Houdini and Zarah (now known as Sobo). Max greeted me inside and asked if I wanted a burger or hot dog. I paused to answer. He asked if I would like one of each. Again I paused.  He said “ok, one of each of is”. I was in total agreement with him. He thrust a cold beer in my hand and offered me a donut while telling me that the Brownies were very nice. What was I to do other than accept this gracious offering. I was starving.

After all the food and a second beer was consumed I found it hard to leave this slice of trail paradise. Three other hikers, Salamander, Treebeard and Forest arrived. It was too easy to stay but I thanked my very gracious hosts, left a donation and continued, if slowly down the trail. 

I was on the trail for less than 45 minutes before a trail runner stopped me to tell me that under his car in the car park only 5 minutes away was some Coke and other trail magic. “Please help yourself”, he told me. He took my photo then ran up the trail. I didn’t even get his name.

When I reached the said car park I was greeted by Ed from nearby Wrightwood. He offered me Gatorade and potato crisps. Wow. After chatting with him for a while all the others I met at Camp Glenwood arrived. I stayed and chatted with all for a while. They mentioned that the gent who left the coke under his car might be offended if we didn’t drink them. So we did. I am unlikely to ever have a day like this again.

Once again I am impressed with the unselfish generosity of the people that I meet. To you all I sincerely say, Thank You.

More info about hiking the Pacific crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail 400 milesPCT  


another climb


Short road walk

the road walk


Trail Magic

from left to right, Max, Salamander, Forest, treebeard, Sobo, Brad, Hudini, zig zag, Shepherd (me)


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9 Responses

  1. Girl Gone Expat

    It is so great reading about all the generous people you meet on you way:) And a big congrats on 400 miles!

  2. Karen

    I agree with Ian. The Pictures are great, the story is great. I like the way you describe the day from the time you get up until you fall asleep at night. Just a couple more weeks at work and I’m headed to camp near Kennedy Meadows. I’ll be watching and rooting for you. I’ll bring rootbeer. Looks like you could use some sunscreen! Also congratulations on 400 miles!

  3. Ian

    Just found and caught up with your blog today Shepherd and I have to say that it is my favorite PCT blog since 2013 when I started following hiking blogs. Some people don’t have the narrative skill, the photography skills, or both, but you have a nice way of presenting your experience and taking us along with you. You have a great eye for pictures too. Glad to follow along all the way to Canada.


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