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Mexican Border to Warner Springs Professional Review and Guide
"This southernmost section of the Pacific Crest Trail is among the most varied of all. It traces a fine line between scorching desert and dense, rolling brushlands, occasionally in fine mid-mountain forest. Although cacti and sand are encountered often, and late-spring and summer temperatures frequently rise above 100°, the PCT in this section does not traverse true desert, but rather keeps just west of the searing Colorado Desert—which you often glimpse—passing through a transitional area influenced by moist Pacific Ocean air. At the time when most long-distance hikers will be traversing the southernmost part of the PCT, in April and May, they are quite likely to encounter late-season snowstorms as they climb into the Laguna Mountains."
--Ben Schirfin, Jeffrey P. Schaffer, Thomas Winnett, Ruby Johnson Jenkins, Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California (Wilderness Press).
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