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This year I spent four months and eleven days hiking 2,223 miles from Jacumba, California to the border of Washington/Idaho/Canada on the little-known  Desert Trail.

If you appreciate adventure and beautiful outdoor scenery,  you'll enjoy this video!.



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Wow, great stuff.  Never figured a trail could exist through there.  Did you cache most of your water driving down there (noting the ULA pack so guessing not carrying gallons worth)?

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Wow, great stuff.  Never figured a trail could exist through there.  Did you cache most of your water driving down there (noting the ULA pack so guessing not carrying gallons worth)?

Thanks SW Mtn backpacker!

Yes, I used lots of caches until near Burns, OR.

As you well know, water is really heavy. There were very few dependable water sources along the first half of the trail. Since I had to do many water caches anyway, I put in about 1 food/water cache for every day or so on the trail as I drove south from Lovelock, Nevada to the border. After completing that section I bussed it back to the border and picked up my empty caches, then laid out another set northwards. For the most part I buried ammo cans to store cached food, and just buried the water jugs/bottles next to them. That worked well. I went back and picked up everything later.

Once I hit the Oregon border I didn't have to use nearly as many caches. In northern Oregon, I stopped caching altogether and used local water and hitched or walked into towns for supplies, all the way to Canada.


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Enjoyed it, thanks - and perused your website.  So...  is there any trail you haven't hiked?  What's next?

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Enjoyed it, thanks - and perused your website.  So...  is there any trail you haven't hiked?  What's next?

Thanks Tarol, no firm plans yet for whatever might be next.

Hey, I checked out your site. Very cool! You've worked at and/or visited a lot of awesome places!


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Loved the video! Thanks for sharing. What a great adventure.

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Loved the video! Thanks for sharing. What a great adventure.

Thank you Chris! The cool thing is about something like this is it doesn't take a great person to experience a great adventure.


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I have updated the Desert Trail information page. There is info on planning, including the caching of food and water, weather, route conditions, plants and animals, hike timing, additional information sources and more. Thanks!


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Enjoyed it, thanks - and perused your website.  So...  is there any trail you haven't hiked?  What's next?

Thanks Tarol, no firm plans yet for whatever might be next.

Hey, I checked out your site. Very cool! You've worked at and/or visited a lot of awesome places!

Thanks - never stop exploring!

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