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 back down the mountain toward Cabazon.
Side Note: I didn’t realize until I was sleeping on the peak that resting heart rates are faster at higher altitude, especially if you are not yet acclimated. Mine was about 20bpm faster than usual at 10,000 feet.