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 hours the drizzle stopped and the hiking was considerably more pleasant.
We reached Mount Laguna by mid-afternoon and stopped by the outfitter who was holding a supply box for us and then checked in to the Mount Laguna Lodge. Quite a few hikers are here tonight.
Photo: Deb in the mist on the trail to Mount Laguna.
Mileage: 11.3 miles
Hiker Tip: Always be prepared for cold wet weather on the PCT.
We got an early start on the Pacific Crest Trail this morning, departing Hauser Creek shortly after 6 am. It was another chilly morning and our gear was covered with condensation and frost. We need to work on our technique for packing up wet tents in the dark — I’m sure this won’t be the only time we have to do that.
We had an excellent breakfast at the Oak Shores Grocery in Lake Morena Village.
The mild daytime temperatures continued today as we hiked past Boulder Oaks and then up Kitchen Creek. We found very nice camping and good water 4/10 of a mile north of the PCT near the Yellow Rose Spring.
Photo: Deb and our small tent near the large trees at Yellow Rose Spring.
Mileage: 14.8 miles
Hiker Tips: We started the PCT with just 1.5 days food and resupplied at Lake Morena Village. This worked very well for us. The Oak Shores Grocery is now serving excellent food. We had breakfast there and ordered sandwiches that were large enough for both lunch and dinner. It’s only another 1.5 days to Mount Laguna, so you don’t need to carry that much food.
Today we began a long walk. A 2,660 mile walk from the Mexican border to the Canadian border on the Pacific Crest Trail.
White Jeep gave us an early morning ride to the Southern Terminus of the PCT (thanks White Jeep), where about 30 other hikers also started hiking today. A surprisingly large number considering how early in the hiking season it is. The hikers spread out pretty quickly, and we spent the day leapfroging with a half dozen other hikers who walked about the same pace as us.
We decided to only go as far as Hauser Canyon the first day. Our plan is to hike a relatively easy 15 mile per day pace for the next three weeks. Plus, this sets us up to spend Saturday night at Mount Laguna (mile 42).
Mileage: 15.4 miles
Hiker Tips: No water in Hauser Creek. We carried 5 liters of water each from Campo which was about half liter more than we each needed. Temperatures were very mild — low around 27.
Last weekend we hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Highway 94 to the Lake Morena Campground. We stopped at Hauser Creek for lunch, and to enjoy the fall colors. After lunch we hiked out of the Hauser Canyon and on to the Lake Morena Campground.
I have been doing some blog reorganization recently. Information about Pacific Crest Trail Maps, Smartphone Apps, and other Halfmile Projects will be moving to Halfmileproject.org. Check it out to learn the status of various Halfmile Projects and find other useful Halfmile PCT information.
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