A couple of weeks ago was the first time I hiked a bit of the Pacific Crest Trail (five miles round trip), and it was an incredible experience. The trail was well maintained, no huge climbs up or down, even footing, gorgeous views.
This past weekend I hiked another bit of the trail (just a little over four miles this time), and it was a completely different experience.
Instead of parking by a lake and heading immediately into the mountains, we parked by a heavily trafficked six-lane highway, then took a spooky trip through a long, damp water drainage tunnel under the highway.
We hiked past an abandoned house, through a culvert under the railroad tracks while a freight train went by overheard,
across a small wooden bridge,
and then we finally got to a part of the trail that was easy to traverse.
After that flat part of the trail, it climbed steeply into the rocks,
but it was all worth while because of the stunning views.
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