Start: tentsite at mile 205 End: tentsite at mile 231, along Mission Creek Miles covered: 26 PCT mile marker: 231/2652 Highlight: 360 views in the San Gorgonio Wilderness Honorable mention: Trail magic at the “Oasis” under I-10 and at the Mesa Wind Farm maintenance building. (Would you walk 200 miles in the desert for a … Continue reading Day 11 – 26 mi – PCT mile 231
Start: San Jacinto Peak End: tentsite near water faucet at mile 205 Miles covered: 23 PCT mile marker: 205/2652 Highlight: A very comfortable campsite—with bats!—for a restorative night’s sleep. Biggest challenge: Staying awake. The exhaustion from the previous day, paired with a distracted night of sleep (so many stars!) made for a sleep-deprived state heading … Continue reading Day 10 – 23 mi – PCT mile 205
Start: Idyllwild End: San Jacinto Peak Miles covered: 15 (Including the rest of the fire closure reroute, the available miles north of the closure, the Tahquitz trail, and Tahquitz Peak.) PCT mile marker: 183*/2652 *PCT equivalent, because San Jacinto Peak is on a slightly longer alternate route. Biggest challenge: Leaving the comforts of Idyllwild. Highlights: … Continue reading Day 9 – 15 mi – PCT mile 183
Start: mile 166 End: Idyllwild Miles covered: 17 (Most of this was a route around a fire closure, which is much longer than the PCT section currently closed.) PCT mile marker: 168/2652 (This is to the south end of the closure. I will give myself credit for the 9 closure miles when I tag the … Continue reading Day 8 – 17 mi – PCT mile 168
Start: mile 140 End: tentsite at mile 166 Miles covered: 26 (+2 miles round trip to the cafe) PCT mile marker: 140/2652 Highlight: Ridge walk around Palm View Peak (above) and Jose burger for lunch at the Paradise Valley Cafe. Biggest challenge: Climbing up from Paradise Valley Cafe in the heat. But it was nothing that … Continue reading Day 7 – 28 mi – PCT mile 166
Start: mile 115 End: tentsite at mile 140 Miles covered: 25 PCT mile marker: 140/2652 Highlight: Imagining objects in rock shapes. (Above: Pac Man feeding on hiker trash. Below: choral singer and catcher’s mitt. Further below: a cistern.) Biggest challenge: Moving my tent at 10:30pm because a very loud snorer pitched right next to me. Earplugs … Continue reading Day 6 – 25 mi – PCT mile 140
Start: mile 91 End: tentsite at mile 115 Miles covered: 24 (+1 in town) PCT mile marker: 115/2652 Highlight: Eagle Rock, just before Warner Springs. (Honorable mention: foot soak at the Warner Springs Resource Center. Se Biggest challenge: Sore feet.
Start: mile 63 End: tentsite at mile 91 Miles covered: 28 PCT mile marker: 91/2652 Highlight: Beautiful desert flora Biggest challenge: long, exposed, hot climb after Scissors Crossing... ...but it was all made better by wonderful trail angels Jodie and Melody, who were there with candy, cookies, chips, sodas, fruit, and veggies. They also had … Continue reading Day 4 – 28 mi – PCT mile 91
Start: Mount Laguna End: Tentsite at mile 63 Miles covered: 22 (+.5 in town) PCT mile marker: 63/2660 Highlight: Expansive desert landscapes. Biggest challenge: Not picking a fight with the jerks hitting golf balls into the canyon.
Start: Lake Morena End: Mount Laguna Miles covered: 21 (+.5 in town) PCT mile marker: 41/2660 Highlight: Waking up in my new Yama Mountain Gear tent. (Honorable mention: First trail beer, at the Pine House Cafe.) Biggest challenge: ~4500 feet of cumulative elevation gain.