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Source: County Library branch in El Cajon

Photo by Miriam Raftery: Pacific Crest Trail in Campo

May 29, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Local hiking enthusiast Dana Law will share his adventures and tips for hiking the legendary Pacific Crest Trail at a special presentation on June 16th at 2:00 p.m. at the El Cajon Branch Library located at 201 E Douglas Avenue.

The trail starts in San Diego County at the Mexican border near Campo and continues through the greatest elevation changes of any of America’s National Scenic Trails before eventually reaching Canada. Along the way, it passes through scorching desert, old-growth redwoods, coastal rainforests, arctic-alpine country, volcanos and other eco-zones. Every year, hundreds of people from around the world attempt to hike the entire trail in a single season. Thousands of people hike sections of it, some with the goal of eventually covering all of its 2650 miles.

A professional magician and mentalist, the El Cajon resident completed the trail August 22nd, 2016 at the Canadian border after 31 separate sections going north without missing a step over 13 years. You can see all of his stories, pictures, and videos at and

Law’s 90-minute multimedia talk should interest both armchair adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts who may be interested in one day experiencing all or some of the trail.  He will cover such topics as:

  • What it takes to put your “house” on your back
  • What food, fitness and gear are indispensable?
  • How to train for the trail
  • What are the biggest dangers?
  • How to experience the trail in digestible segments

“Most San Diego residents aren't aware the Pacific Crest Trail starts in their backyard and runs 2650 miles all the way to the Canadian border,” said Law.  “The library is an ideal place to share this grand adventure and let locals know that they can do it, too."

The presentation on is free and open to the public at the El Cajon Branch Library, located at 201 E Douglas Avenue in El Cajon, CA.  


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Hiking in the wilderness :-)

Hiking is a great activity because there's so much to see and experience. Being in tune with nature gives one a deep sense of being in touch with the land. I've day hiked more miles than memories will allow me to remember. Backpacking and camping are among those thoughts too. Learning frontier survival skills are essential as well - if one is going to be hiking far from civilization and readily available help.