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Hiker claims speed record on Pacific Coast Trail

Posted: August 9, 2013 5:09 p.m.
Updated: August 9, 2013 5:09 p.m.

A hiker completed the 2,655-mile Pacific Crest Trail this week at the Canadian border in Washington, finishing in less than 60 days and claiming a speed record.

Supporters of Josh Garret say he averaged nearly 45 miles a day on the hike through deserts and mountains. He left June 10 from the border with Mexico and finished Thursday night at Canada.

The 30-year-old track coach at Santa Monica College is a vegan who used his hike to raise awareness and funds for Mercy For Animals, which works to prevent cruelty to farm animals.

Another border-to-border hiker, Heather “Anish” Anderson of Bellingham, Wash., finished the hike in 61 days on Wednesday.

A portion of the Pacific Crest Trail runs along the side of the Santa Clarita Valley and heads into Agua Dulce, passing through Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park as it winds its way near Escondido Canyon Road and up Agua Dulce Canyon Road to Sierra Highway.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this story.



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