Just a note ---
Purchased a book regarding the Pacific Coast Trail which is more like a journal of the folks who wrote it than an informational. So I went on-line to find out more about it. Start and stop points, etc. but didn't have much luck. So I thought I'd check out some hiking around the Mammoth, CA area which I'll probably be visiting this summer and while I came up with plenty of hiking websites nothing like this one where I can post and ask questions, etc. Most were just about the dangers of hiking in the Sierras, i.e. elevation, cold, etc. not very upbeat or encouraging. Which got me thinking about how much I enjoy and learn from this website.
So if anyone knows of a similar type website for Cali. let me know. AND, I know a few of you have done parts of the Pacific Coast Trail and I would love to hear of your adventures i.e. where you started/stopped, how long it took, how crowded or not it was, how it compares to AZ hiking, etc.
I lived in Bishop CA until I was 11 yrs old in the 70's. I remember many times my parents letting hippie hikers pitch their tent in our backyard to rest and re-coup before going on their way. One time while driving in Mammoth we rounded a bend in the road and two hikers and their dog were in the middle of the road. We came screeching to a stop and they were out of water and food. Well, of course, my Dad said 'get in' and while I had it safe in the front seat with my parents, my brothers had to sit in the back seat with those stinky hikers and their dog. Ha, its a funny memory.