Day 10: Chihuahua Valley Road to mile 144

Another 8:30 start time (again), we need to improve on that. It was day two of pain free hiking for Deb thanks to borrowing Lon’s knee strap. She’s turning into a very happy camper. We took a pleasant long lunch break at Tule Spring. A pretty day of hiking, especially around the Nance Canyon area.Continue reading “Day 10: Chihuahua Valley Road to mile 144”

Day Nine: Highway 79 (2nd Crossing) to Chihuahua Valley Road

We woke up well fed and rested. Monty dropped us off at the trailhead and we began our hike. Deb bounded up the trail full of energy. She wants to know what the magic ingredient is that Monty served in the meals, because she was full of energy all day. We arrived at Trail AngelContinue reading “Day Nine: Highway 79 (2nd Crossing) to Chihuahua Valley Road”

Day Eight: Barrel Spring to Warner Springs (2nd crossing of Hwy 79)

Today was a short day of hiking, just eight miles to Warner Springs. We stopped at the Community Resource Center for lunch, where they have set up an excellent “PCT Hiker Rest Stop and Shop.” After lunch we hiked two more miles to the second road crossing, where our friend Warner Springs Monty picked usContinue reading “Day Eight: Barrel Spring to Warner Springs (2nd crossing of Hwy 79)”

Day Seven: San Felipe Hills (1st Gate) to Barrel Spring

Today we reached the 100 mile point. 101.1 miles actually, since we are camped at Barrel Spring. We are just five miles short of completing 4% of the Pacific Crest Trail. We are both still enjoying the hike, the amazing views and the wonderful hiking community. Neither of us have any blisters and we areContinue reading “Day Seven: San Felipe Hills (1st Gate) to Barrel Spring”

Day Six: Mile 71 to the San Felipe Hills

Today’s section of the Pacific Crest Trail was in Anza-Borrego State Park and the desert was full of blooming flowers and cactus. A very warm but beautiful day of hiking. This morning we hiked six miles to a highway intersection called Scissors Crossing, where we met our friend JJ. He is working on a photoContinue reading “Day Six: Mile 71 to the San Felipe Hills”

Day Five: PCT Mile 56 to Mile 71

Today the Pacific Crest Trail descends down from Mount Laguna toward a highway intersection called Scissors Crossing. We had been camping at about 5,200 feet elevation and will be dropping to around 2,200 feet tomorrow. It was relatively easy downhill walking most of the way. The chaparral was greener than I expected considering the droughtContinue reading “Day Five: PCT Mile 56 to Mile 71”