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PCT Sec – Scissors Crossing to Barrel Springs

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PCT Sec – Scissors Crossing to Barrel Springs


Days: 2 days, 1 nights
Milage: 23
Elevation Gain: 3,642 ft
Max Elevation: 4400′
Min Elevation: 2300
Type of Trip: Backpacking
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

Day 1:
Distance 13.3 mi
Ascent: 4,691 ft
Descent: 3,424 ft

Scissors Crossing (Hwy 78) to Trail Camp – approx. 14 miles
Starting elevation: 2,259 ft End: ~3,400 ft Total elevation Gain/loss: 2,405 ft We will hike northbound on the PCT about 14 miles and find a trailside campsite. We will most likely be dry camping on this hike as there no reliable water sources along this section of the trail. Plan to carry enough for both days. While there is at times a water cache near mi91, it should not be relied upon and may not be maintained at the time of this trip. (***NOTE: This trip description was done back in 2017, we will check on the water source as we near the trip date)

Day 2: Camp to Barrel Springs
Distance: 9.60 mi
Ascent: 2,788 ft

*****We will have to coordinate a shuttle run. Leave some car at the end of the trail******

MAP: Link

DISCLAIMER: Hike at your own risk. Be responsible for yourself and your safety. Make good decisions. With any trip, things can change, reservations can get lost, the unexpected can happen. A go-with-the-flow attitude is always a good thing, and most importantly, let’s all have fun! This is an intermediate hike. Make sure you are in good enough physical shape for the distance, elevation changes, and terrain. The hike leaders in this group aren’t professional hike leaders. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. The hiking group does not certify the expertise of the organizers, the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and…We are NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries.

April 13 2024


Start: April 13 @ 7:00 am
End: April 14 @ 3:00 pm
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