Section A

March 25, 2012

backpacked from border to hwy 8 Mar 21-23rd. most of trail in great condition! the trail section between south boundary road and Hauser creek was Very brushy, with poison oak growing across the trail. Trail is still passable, however.

Water is plentiful, with all intermitent streams having some flow, and creeks near boulder oaks campground knee deep and too wide to cross sans wet feet.

angry honeybee hive just off trail south of Hauser Mtn; bees chased us for ~150 ft, one of my fellow backpackerws was stung in the throat.

flowers are blooming! it’s a great time to be on the trail!

March 8, 2012

On 3-8-12 I was “attacked” by about 35 cows, 1 mile south of Eagle Rock. They started running at me from 150 yards and I stopped them about 20′ from me by aggressively doing standard mountain lion and bear defensive actions (yelling, whistle blowing, swinging my pack around, and slowly backing away from them) etc, at which time they were in a semi-circle around me. They did NOT merely come out of dumb cow curiosity, but what worried them I am not sure. They did a weaker, similar thing on my return trip from Barrel Springs. – hamburger helper

January 30, 2012

1/28/2012, section C, mile 329 to 342. Water was not a problem after the last rain. Several blow downs and after mile 342, but no big deal. Be prepared for cuts and scrapes because of some parts being over-grown. Very nice walk.

1/29/2012

Mason Valley Truck Trail to Scissors Crossing. Trail in good condition with only minor vegetation overgrowth on the descent into Chariot Canyon and along the flank of Chariot Mountain. From Rodgriguez Canyon north, the trail passes through areas of burn from the Great Fire in 2010 and is easily followed.

January 25, 2012

Hiked the next segment of our PCT hike (Hwy 78 to Barrel Spring, aka the San Felipe Hills)on Jan. 16th. The day was misty and cold, approx 44 degrees.

Based on previous posts, these were the ideal conditions for this usually hot & long hike. We hiked the approximate 24 miles rather fairly quickly. The trail was free of debris or overgrown brush and this made for a nice and yes, maddening hike. With so many canyon wash turns, it will be nice to hit some straight-aways sometime soon.