Saturday, April 30, 2016

Deep Creek Campsite to Campsite Under Rainbow Bridge

Hiked today with Ron and Mighty Mouse. Took it easy as we weren't among for a lot of miles. 
We stopped for a great break at the Deep Creek hot springs. Thought it would be a crazier scene on a weekend, but things were quite mellow. Had a great soak in the hot pool, then a little while in the cool creek, then some more in the hot to warm back up. 
Hiked a few more miles after the hot springs and we are camped near the rainbow bridge for the night.

My friend Ron. Thanks for joining us Ron!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Campsite on Crest to Deep Creek Campsite

Hiked from PCT mile 290 to about mile 301 today. 

Passed the 300 trail miles mark! 

Met my friend Ron Graybill at the Splinter's Cabin trail junction. He is hiking along for a couple days, completing a section of the trail that he hasn't been on before. 

The trail in this section has been pretty easy, no huge climbs and a general, gradual, descent. The Deep Creek section is quite spectacular so far, with the trail usually up high looking down at the creek. 

Before getting to Deep Creek we descended some, and transitioned from pine forest (albeit largely burnt pine forest) back to manzanita dominated chaparral.

Mighty Mouse's blog for today:

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cougar Crest Trail Junction to Campsite on Crest

Woke up to snow. 
The snow actually started falling at 11:30pm, and continued off and on for much of the night. 
My tent isn't really designed for snow, and I had to occasionally kick my feet up to knock the snow off the end of the tent. 
I waited in the tent in the morning until the sun did a little melting of the snow, so no pictures of the tent all covered. 
Today's hike was largely through a burn area to the north of Big Bear Lake. 
Lots of burnt and called or cut trees along the trail.

Mighty Mouse's blog for today:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hwy 18 to Cougar Crest Trail Junction

Hiked about 12.6 miles today and saw one hiker while I was stopped for lunch. That was it. I did meet a woman who is out with a friend on horses and planning on going up to the Oregon border. They also had two dogs and two goats. Seems like a lot to get organized and moving.

Today was good hiking and my feet and ankles were happier than yesterday. Made sure to take a long stop for lunch with shoes and socks off, which seems to help the feet.

Tonight looks like it is going to snow. At least the weather prediction calls for snow and there are certainly enough clouds moving through. I guess I will find out how my mostly mesh tent fares in a bit of snowfall.

Mighty Mouse took a well deserved Zero day today in Big Bear.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Onyx summit to highway 18

Started the day at Onyx Summit. My dad gave me a ride up the mountain.

Began with snow on the ground. Just an inch or two. It wasn't bad to walk in. Hiked about 13.6 miles and am camped on a hill above highway 18.

Meanwhile, Mighty Mouse was having adventures on her detour route:

Monday, April 25, 2016

Zero Days

I came home on Friday and am heading back to the trail at mile 252, Onyx Summit, north of the Lake Fire closure.

Measured my pack just now. With 6 days of food, but no water yet, it weighed 29.3 pounds, which seems pretty good to me.

Back to the walking in the morning.

By the way, it's snowing up in the mountains tonight, we shall see what I get to walk in.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Campsite on Fuller Ridge to Ziggy and the Bear (Whitewater)


Camped overnight on the mountain overlooking highway 10. 
It was a bit breezy overnight but not too bad. The descent to the desert floor was in bright sun and quite warm when the wind wasn't present. 
Passed trail mile 200 today! 
Made it to the drinking fountain at the bottom of the descent with a couple swallows of water left. Thanks to the Desert Water Agency for the drinking fountain. 

Stopped at Coppertone's RV for a little bit, but he was out of ice cream, so we had donuts instead.

Coppertone is a roving Trail Angel. He hiked the trail a few years ago and now is retired, so for the summer he is following the hiker herd and providing trail magic, usually in the form of root beer floats.

Rested a bit before heading down to the 10 and then on to trail Angel Ziggy and the Bear's house.

Ziggy and the Bear at the Whitewater trail house were an institution, one that is no more.
In 2016 there was a fire up the trail from here, and people were scrambling for information on what to do since the trail was closed between Whitewater and Onyx Summit. I helped Mighty Mouse map out a road walk.
Being the non-purist, I decided to go home for a couple days off the trail while Mighty Mouse did her detour walk.

Mighty Mouse's blog for today: