Monday, March 28, 2022

Pacific Crest Trail


Intro 1
Influence of Appalachian Trail
Intro 2
Introduction to Pacific Crest Trail
PCT Resources

My PCT Experience

Track Progress
Relive GPS Videos
Picture Timeline
YouTube Videos

[2020] Section A: Campo to Warner Springs (109.5 Miles) Map

Day 1
Sept 13
Pacific Crest Trail Southern Terminus to Lake Morena County Park (Mile 0-20)

Sept 27
Fire ~ Trail Closed
Day 2
Oct 11
Lake Morena County Park to Desert View Picnic Site (Mile 20-42.6)
Day 3
Oct 27
Desert View Picnic Site to Sunrise Trailhead Connector (Mile 42.6-59.5)

Nov 8
Cold, Rain/Snow, Wind
Day 4
Nov 22
Sunrise Trailhead Connector to Scissors Crossing (Mile 59.5-77.3)
Days 5-6
Dec 5-6
Scissors Crossing to Montezuma Valley Road (Mile 77.3-101.2)
Day 7a 
Dec 20
Montezuma Valley Road to Warner Springs (Mile 101.2-109.5)

[2020-2021] Section B: Warner Springs to San Gorgonio Pass (97.5 Miles) Map

Day 7b
Dec 20
Warner Springs Bypass (Mile 109.5-111.5)
Day 8
Jan 17
Warner Springs to Chihuahua Valley Road (Mile 111.5-127.3)
Jan 31
Winter Storm
Day 9
Feb 28
Chihuahua Valley Road to Angel Mary's Oasis (Mile 127.3-145.4)
Day 10
March 14
Angel Mary's Oasis to State Highway 74 (Mile 145.4-151.9)
Day 11
March 28
State Highway 74 to Cedar Springs Trail (Mile 151.9-162.6)
Day 12
April 25
Cedar Springs Trail to Saddle Junction (Mile 162.6-179.4)
Day 13
Oct 9
Saddle Junction to Fuller Ridge Trailhead (Mile 179.4-190.5)
Day 14
Oct 10
Fuller Ridge Trailhead to Snow Creek Trailhead (Mile 190.5-207)

[2021-2022] Section C: San Gorgonio Pass to Cajon Pass (134.9 Miles) Map

Day 15
Dec 12
Snow Creek Trailhead to Whitewater Canyon (Mile 207-218.6)
Days 16-18
Mar 25-27
Onyx Summit to Whitewater Canyon (Mile 252-218.6) [Southbound]

Section D: Cajon Pass to Agua Dulce (112.6 Miles)

Jan 31, 2021
Leg 9: Indian Canyon Trailhead (Acton) to Vasquez Rocks (Agua Dulce)  (444.2-454.5)

Section E: Agua Dulce to Tehachapi Pass (112 Miles)

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Section F: Tehachapi Pass to Walker Pass (85.5 Miles)

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Section G: Walker Pass to Kennedy Meadows (50.2 Miles)

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Section H: Kennedy Meadows to Cottonwood Pass (48 Miles)

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Section I: Cottonwood Pass to Florence Lake Trail (107.5 Miles)

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Section J: Florence Lake Trail to Tuolumne Meadows (84.8 Miles)

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

PCT Day 18: Mission Creek Camp 1 to Whitewater Canyon (Mile 226-218.5)

 PCT Day 18 Recap

See Day 18 Section on YouTube (coming soon)

Finally, our last of our three day adventure.  The first two days were a long and a lot of hard work so we thought we were in the homestretch with less than 8 miles back to the 2nd car we had at the trail exit.   I awoke and first thing was walk over to apologize to Oobrianoo for passing out without saying good night.    We were slow packing up camp as we had a water pump malfunction as well as had to tend to Mai's blisters, but eventually we were ready to hit the trail.

I praise Oobrianoo for his diligence of checking the FarOut app and letting us know we were actually a mile closer to our finish than what we thought.  Yeah!  However moments later he shard with us we have two uphills which totaled another 1,000 ft we had to climb to exit the canyon.   We started out the morning exiting Mission Creek where we heard gun shots.  Ends up at the end of Mission Creek there must be a dirt road that goes to a gun range so perhaps there would have been a way to break up the hike into 2 days + 1 instead of 3 straight.  

Leaving the riverbed we soon had our first hill of the day and climbed up onto a beautiful plateau which offered grand vista's of the Palm Springs basin not to mention the best panoramic views of San Jacinto.  On the plateau we ran into whole bunch more of northbound hikers.

Mai's blisters slowed her down and I think the 3 days in a row were wearing down Oobrianoo.  I still had a heavy pack so I had my own aches and pains I was dealing with.   Any one of the three of us were always ready for a break when the first was tired.   We took 3 long breaks on the 8 miles.  

We passed 25 northbound hikers on Saturday and another 25 hikers again on Sunday.  They were from all over the world including Norway, Netherlands, France, Germany, England, Iseral, and the Chech Republic.    We also passed other hikers from Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin, Utah, Virginia, and North Carolina.  We were surprised the number of solo hikers and even solo female hikers.  I guess there is even a name for friends you meet on the trail that you hike together with which is "tramilies" (trail family).

This early in the year most of the floral we saw was in the last day of the hike as it was the lowest elevation not to mention the hottest.  Spring was absolutely beautiful.  Coming off the plateau were beautiful views of the Whitewater canyon.   Also we we started running into day hikers that were doing about a 10 mile out and back hike from Whitewater Preserve to check out the scenery.  

Eventually we recognized in the distance where the PCT merges from our December hike when we also finished at Whitewater Preserve.   We had a celebration with high fives and hugs when we finally reached our car.   Running water in the bathrooms was spectacular to freshen up as well as finally taking off our hiking boots in exchange for flipflops.   

The Preserve is a popular tourist stop it appears as there were many families having bbq's.  Only one group, a pair of German hikers were in the park.  I donated 2 Mountain Dews and a coconut water as we shared pleasantries of our hikes together. 

Next was the long drive back up to Onyx summit to retrieve our 2nd car.  Sunday afternoon eastbound traffic on the I-10 was a nightmare like always, but soon we were on our side road to Rt. 38 and headed up the canyon road where most people were heading back down to the city.  

What a great experience and another bonding weekend amongst all of us!  In 18 days we have covered 252 miles of the PCT!    Oobrianoo we started at Mile 111.5 together so now the 3 of us have traveled 140.5 miles together on the trail.   We couldn't have been more lucky to make such a great friend.   Oobrianoo's help in planning has helped keep our PCT dreams.  Of course, that's not to mention long drives and general trail logistics alone would have been so much harder without him.