24 Miles!

Scissors Crossing (77.3) to Barrel Spring (101.2)
(24 miles, +3,700/-4,700 feet).

This was a spectacular north to south PCT day hike transitioning from damp chaparral to dense cactus garden by the end.  It was extremely dry!

MixMaster and I started walking 15 minutes before daybreak with our headlamps.

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Pre-dawn

We shortly passed a 100 mile marker for the PCT made by one of the thru-hikers.

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100 miles from Mexico!
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MixMaster enjoys the view

There were beautiful views of ridges on either side of our perch in the San Felipe Hills.

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Panorama of the San Felipe Hills
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PCT!
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MixMaster on a dry traverse
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Baby barrel cactus
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MixMaster on the move
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Yes, this is fun
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Entering the cactus garden near Scissors Crossing
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Cactus garden
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Wow, these things are really big
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More cacti

Toward the end of the hike my right knee started hurting, but I made it down okay.

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Last bit of the traverse
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PCT sign near highway 78
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24 miles or 42?
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