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”

Day Four: Mount Laguna to PCT Mile 56

Today was perfect hiking weather as we departed the luxury of the Mount Laguna Lodge and returned back to the Pacific Crest Trail. Our packs are heavy with four and a half days of food to carry us to our next resupply in Warner Springs, 68 miles by PCT to the north. The trail traversesContinue reading “Day Four: Mount Laguna to PCT Mile 56”

Day Three: Yellow Rose Spring to Mount Laguna

Today we awoke to rain, mist, and drizzle. Rain was not forecasted, but we were not surprised because of the clouds from the previous afternoon. It felt like the coldest day yet on the Pacific Crest Trail, even though it was actually about 10 degrees warmer than the previous two mornings. After a few hoursContinue reading “Day Three: Yellow Rose Spring to Mount Laguna”