Day 63: Where I Finally Got to Hike the Aqueduct

May 23, 2018


On Day 63, I successfully completed the Southern California section of the PCT, according to Guthooks. Sparky and Ghosthiker drove me all the way to Hikertown so I could hike north along the famous Los Angeles Aqueduct. I have to say that this was one of the most enjoyable slackpack days I’d ever had on this hike. Maybe one of my favorite hiking days, period. Maybe it’s because I knew (or thought) it was my last official day in the desert. Maybe because I was truly hiking solo, even though I got a car ride at either end of the trail. Maybe because I had excellent cell service for over an hour and spent the whole time chatting with my mom while I hiked. I even took a ton of photos. There was no wind. It was very peaceful.

Sparky and Ghosthiker were waiting for me when I arrived at mile 537.7, and as we started toward Tehachapi Sparky played “A Horse With No Name” just for me, in honor of walking through the desert and being out of the rain, haha! We grabbed some pizza in Tehachapi and then went back to Scott and Jennifer’s for the night.

Day 64: Farewell, Desert!

Published by rogerssj23

I'm a long-distance hiker, an audiobook producer, and an amateur writer. I live in the woods in a renovated 1972 Airstream with my Golden Retriever Zoe. Read more about my hiking adventures at

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