Wrightwood 5 mile hitch. Has restaurants, motels, grocery store, a hardware store that excepts packages , a PO 92397 (760-249-8882 M-F 8:45-5), and trail angels that let you stay with them. To find the trail angels ask at the hardware store . Mountain Hardware–760-249-3653 8:30-5:30 every day USPS address: C/O Mountain Hardware, PO Box 398, Wrightwood, CA 92397 UPS: C/O Mountain Hardware, 1390 Highway 2, Wrightwood, CA 92397 Sometimes I skip Wrightwood. There are fuel canisters, good socks, and other trail needs for sale at the hardware store—also a hiker box.
Today BG and I started back north. Yesterday we were in the Owens Peak Wilderness, crossing the road where we were camped we entered the Chimney Peak Wilderness. We climbed to 8000 feet over a ridge where we entered the Domeland Wilderness, and then we dropped down the other side to the south fork of the Kern River. I thought as we were climbing to the top of the ridge that we would be getting a panorama of the Sierras but it wasn’t to be. From the top of the ridge what we saw were more burnt trees and more dry ridges. The trail itself was good, mostly sandy tread, it did get soft and deep in spots, but the grades were steady but gentle and the pure rock ledges rare.
Additional risk factors that have been associated with PCT include alcohol, certain infections such as hepatitis C or HIV, and drugs such as estrogens. Some studies have indicated that smoking is a risk factor for PCT in susceptible individuals. Less often, certain chemical exposures (. hexachlorobenzene), kidney dialysis, and lupus appear to be connected to the development of PCT. It is believed that these susceptibility factors reduce hepcidin in the body and consequently lead to iron accumulation in the liver. However, the exact relationship among most susceptibility factors with the development of symptoms in PCT is not fully understood. For example, alcohol clearly contributes to the development of the disorder in some cases, but PCT is not common in alcoholics. Most individuals with PCT have three or more susceptibility factors present.