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Although the Pacific Crest Trail extends from Mexico to Canada, there was no danger that Bryon and I were going to make Sunday’s hike a grand excursion. We simply headed east toward Sunrise Highway.Pacific Crest Trail

By the middle of the day, some of the trails were crowded with hikers and mountain bikers, so we looked for one that wasn’t congested with cars.

Pacific Crest Trail

Manzanita shrubs grow along the trail. The wood is distinctive (and very hard).

Pacific Crest Trail

The observatory, visible in the distance.

Pacific Crest Trail

The scenery changed as we moved along. We only covered about two-and-a-half miles each way, but we could see the impact of recent fires along the trail.

Pacific Crest Trail

The wind was picking up speed through the canyon here. The trees, though singed, were relatively intact. Pacific Crest Trail

These trees were on the direct opposite side of the trail from the trees above.

Pacific Crest Trail

The view at the top of the hill, where, the wind gusted up to 50 mph. (On the way back the breezes slowed down a bit, and stayed between 20 and 30 mph.)

 

 

 

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