Thirty-six days ago I stood at the Pacific Crest Trail southern terminus with one direction to go, forward. Since then, I've walked 454 miles up the West Coast. In 248 miles, the desert section ends, and the Sierra section begins. Most of the desert hasn't been what I pictured, some sections are full of water, … Continue reading One month (and five days) in!
(This picture doesn't do the creek justice. I meant to take so many photos, but didn't seem to take my phone with me anywhere. I was completely in the moment in this incredible spot. I snapped this photo just before exiting the area, heading back on trail.) Two days after leaving Big Bear, we'd hiked … Continue reading Deep Creek Hot Springs
I'd heard good things about a little mountain town called Idyllwild during my shakedown hike with Jake, a 2015 PCT thru-hiker, just two weeks before I left for California. He said Idyllwild was an amazing little place and that when I got there, I should take my time and explore. So when Sprite, Roadshow & … Continue reading Idyllwild and beyond
After leaving Mount Laguna our next stop was Julian, about 35 miles north. Some friends of Bridget's that previously hiked the trail said it was their favorite trail town, PLUS they have free pie for hikers. How could we pass it up?! Julian isn't exactly on the trail, about a 12 mile hitch. When we … Continue reading Julian to Warner Springs
Bridget and I are posted up just a few feet from the trail underneath her blue tarp, trying to make some shade, after today's first 11 miles. Snapchat reports it's only 66 degrees outside, but I beg to differ. The terrain has been filled with lush green plants and trees everywhere. The flowers have ranged … Continue reading The first 60 miles
We started the day with a little oatmeal and filtering water at our campsite. Once we were ready to get on trail, it was about 8:30 a.m. The ridge we climbed was rather steep, about 1,000 ft elevation, and the heat was a little killer this morning. Luckily it wasn't long before we hit Lake … Continue reading Lake Morena
What a day it was! I got dropped off at the border with the slew of 25 hikers who were ready to hit the trail. The southern terminus is an interesting experience! Everyone huddles around to take pictures and then we kind of stood around looking at each other like "do we start walking?" I … Continue reading Day 1