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Local Voices: Scenes from the Pacific Crest Trail, May 2


A report from Emily Quinn

The Lansing Journal is following the adventures of Lansing resident Emily Quinn and her brother Michael Carrick as they hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Text and photos below are shared from Emily’s Facebook posts.

May 2

We made it up San Jacinto and completed our flip! Some weeks ago we made it to mile 151 but due to snow and weather decided to flip up north to mile 566.5 and walk south, and we finally made it back to 151! The day we went up San Jacinto, we woke up at 3am and didn’t set up camp until 7pm. The next day we ran down the trail trying to make it to Paradise Valley Cafe before it closed at 3, but we made it!

“Sunrise on our way to the top of San Jacinto,” posted Emily on May 2. (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Emily and Michael at the San Jacinto summit. (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Michael navigates the trail on the way down from San Jacinto. (Photo: Emily Quinn)
“San Jacinto from down below. We go from 1200 feet of elevation to 10800 feet of elevation in 3 days,” posted Emily. (Photo: Emily Quinn)
“Cactus flower w a bug,” posted Emily. (Photo: Emily Quinn)

We’ll continue sharing Emily and Michael’s journey as they continue providing updates. Stay tuned!

About the Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. It is 2,653 mi long and ranges in elevation from roughly 110 feet above sea level near the Bridge of the Gods on the Oregon–Washington border to 13,153 feet at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks. Its midpoint is near Chester, California (near Mt. Lassen), where the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges meet. (Source:, cited April 22, 2023)

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