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”

Day Two: Hauser Creek to Yellow Rose Spring

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 theContinue reading “Day Two: Hauser Creek to Yellow Rose Spring”

Day One: Campo to Hauser Creek

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 consideringContinue reading “Day One: Campo to Hauser Creek”