[pct-l] alternative to endangered frog detour

Judson Brown judsonwb at gmail.com
Wed May 13 17:21:45 CDT 2015

Hi, Folks-

Been messing with an itinerary for CA sec D. I've decided not to use the
official 20-mile detour due to it's extreme length, non-crest nature, and
tales of its poor condition. Neither am I too stoked about the
possibly-hazardous road walk from Eagles Roost to Buckhorn.

Perusing the maps and Google Earth, I think I may have found an alternative
which meets all my needs, but I want to know if anyone has tried it and get
some feedback.

I'm thinking of just following the crest of Kratka Ridge, south of the
highway. It leads through what looks like hikeable country along the ridge
to a gap just SE of the entrance to Buckhorn CG, where I'd rejoin the trail.

Shorter than the current detour, and avoids speeding cars with no shoulder.
The only thing I can think of that might be a sticking point would be
private land issues, but I don't have access to a map that would tell me

Previous experience/opinions welcome, please!


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