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PCT Cottonwood Canyon, CA
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PCT Cottonwood Canyon, CA 
PCT Cottonwood Canyon, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2018
markthurman53
Hiking2.80 Miles 438 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles      50 Mns   3.91 mph
438 ft AEG      7 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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After spending two days in Desert Hot Spring area it was time to head back to Silverado Canyon in Orange County. Before going back we needed a short hike to get us ready for the horrors of driving hwys 60 and the 91. We chose to try to catch the Pacific Crest Trail were it approaches White Water Creek. White Water Canyon comes down off of San Gorgonio and is a very impressive canyon. Plenty of water in this creek. Upon arriving at the end of the road where the trail is, we were informed that the area is closed because there are three feral dogs that are killing cattle and they are trying to remove them. I suggested they just shoot them and you could of heard a pin drop, they looked at me like I just threw a turd in the punch bowl. They also mentioned that the cattle weren't suppose to be there either and I decided I would keep my suggestions to myself this time. Any way we left and decided to catch a portion of the PCT where it crosses Interstate 10 and enters Cottonwood Canyon. This portion of the PCT climbs the alluvial and then enters a small canyon that will eventually lead to Whitewater Canyon (We would not be hiking that far though). Not a very scenic trail along the portion we walked with the exception of the numerous windmills high up on the hills around us. These were the early generation windmills placed here in the 70's I believe and many are in need of repair. I really wanted to keep going further up the trail but our window of opportunity for good driving conditions(If there are any) on the freeway was closing. Yet another hike I will have to do another day. After driving up the lower portion of White water Creek I will have to go back there too, after the dogs aren't running the canyon.
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