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Temescal Backbone Loop, CA
mini location map2018-02-17
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Temescal Backbone Loop, CA 
Temescal Backbone Loop, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2018
Hiking12.95 Miles 3,028 AEG
Hiking12.95 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   2.22 mph
3,028 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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Beautiful day for a hike. Sunny and clear, but air temperature was cool. Got to the top of Goat Peak, signed the summit log and continued on. At the junction with the Backbone trail I turned left and continued North. This was my first time on this section of the Backbone, and it was a nice walk. Much easier than the ridge line trail I came from. Eventually the trail turned westward toward the Hub Junction. Luckily there was a trail sign because the trail goes exactly away from the Hub and goes around a hill. Just before getting to the Temescal fire road it goes past Temescal Peak. I followed the overgrown path to the top where I rested and took a couple pictures. On my way back to the trail I was startled by a very pissed off rattlesnake in the underbrush. I thought about waiting him out, but he wasn't going anywhere and there was no way around him. I back tracked up towards the peak and found a way down that wasn't too impossible, but required a fair amount of bush whacking. I had no idea where I was going and I was poking every bush with my trekking poles to alert any nearby snakes. Then I saw two people walking the main trail right in front of me and I made it out. Long walk back from there and my legs were feeling it. A great day.
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