Day 10 – 23 mi – PCT mile 205

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

Day 9 – 15 mi – PCT mile 183

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

Day 6 – 25 mi – PCT mile 140

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