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Local Voices: Scenes from the Pacific Crest Trail, May 10


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 10

We made it to Kennedy Meadows, which means we’ve hiked 700 miles and completed the desert section of the PCT! We zoomed through Tehachapi to KMS – hiking 26.4 miles in a day followed by a 30.3 mile day.

I can’t believe we’ve made it here and am so excited! We hiked in sun, rain, wind, sleet, snow. Some days I was scared, but we kept pushing!! Most days were amazing though! We’re getting off trail for a couple weeks to wait for some snow to melt but I’m already excited to get back out there!

Pacific Crest Trail
Emily stops for a photo at the Kennedy Meadows General Store. (Photo: Michael Carrick)
Joshua tree and wildflowers along the trail (Photo: Emily Quinn)
One foggy morning on trail (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Wildflowers along the path (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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