Day 20: Hiking along Mission Creek

April 10, 2018 218.5-238.9 We left the Whitewater Reserve and hiked 14.5 miles along Mission Creek and up the next rise. It was a lovely, low-key day with several more breaks than we normally take. It was just so nice to be hiking next to a cool, clear river all day in the desert thatContinue reading “Day 20: Hiking along Mission Creek”

Day 19: The Mesa Wind Farm and Whitewater Preserve

April 9, 2018 209.5-218.5 Waking up in the resort hotel, it was day 19 on the trail for me and I was craving a late morning. Unfortunately, our bodies were well-accustomed to early risings and we all naturally woke around 5:30am.  We packed up, I lanced a particularly large and painful blister and doctored itContinue reading “Day 19: The Mesa Wind Farm and Whitewater Preserve”

Day 18: Down, down, down into the Desert

April 8, 2018 193-209.5 The next day we continued hiking down the mountain back into the hot, flat desert toward Interstate 10, where we hoped to hitch into Cabazon. This is not a typical hiker stop or resupply point mainly because it’s along a major freeway and is not an easy hitch, but Ghosthiker hadContinue reading “Day 18: Down, down, down into the Desert”

Day 17: Storm on Mt. San Jacinto

April 7, 2018 182.7-193 The wind was so fierce last night that none of us got much sleep. It crashed against our tents all night long and into the next morning. Trying to make my coffee was a bit of a chore even under the protection of the rainfly, but I got it done. Priorities.Continue reading “Day 17: Storm on Mt. San Jacinto”

Day 16: Tahquitz Peak

April 6, 2018 5.5 to Tahquitz Peak, then to mile 182.7 After a hearty breakfast burrito at the Town Baker in Idyllwild, we caught a ride to South Ridge Trailhead and hiked up to Tahquitz Peak, which is mostly along the PCT and then there’s a little side trail to the lookout which stands atContinue reading “Day 16: Tahquitz Peak”

Day 15: Big Miles for a Burger

April 5, 2018 131.5-151.8 The next morning I was up and ready to hike well before anyone else – well, not exactly. Two other hikers passed as I was packing up my tent. It was the hiker I’d met doing laundry at Warner Springs and her trail partner. They smiled and waved, leaving me withContinue reading “Day 15: Big Miles for a Burger”

Day 14: Tiny Hot Dogs and Fresh Tortillas

April 4, 2018 119.6-131.5 I woke early the next morning with Nightingale and Guy and we hiked out well before I saw any movement coming from the tent beside mine. Hoping that maybe this time we’d lose him, I was a little frustrated by how slow we moved that day. My feet were feeling betterContinue reading “Day 14: Tiny Hot Dogs and Fresh Tortillas”

Day 13: A Sketchy Spring

April 3, 2018 109.5-119.6 The next morning I hiked out fairly early with Nightingale and Guy. I love the terrain surrounding Warner Springs. The open, gently-rolling landscape dotted with cows made for a nice, albeit brief, change from the normal desert conditions. Even after a zero my feet were not doing well, so hiking withContinue reading “Day 13: A Sketchy Spring”

Day 12: Another Zero Day

April 2, 2018 00.0 The next day I visited the Airstream outfitter, Two Foot Adventures, to stock up on Leukotape and a few other things. I decided to buy an Opsack for my food as it was clear and more lightweight than the dry bag I was currently using. I was just finishing arranging myContinue reading “Day 12: Another Zero Day”

Day 11: Warner Springs

April 1, 2018 (Easter Sunday) 91.2-109.5 Shannon had been up all night with a bad nose bleed and was feeling very unwell, so she’d contacted her parents to come get her. The water cache was accessed by a dirt road, so they were going to pick her up there and take her to San DiegoContinue reading “Day 11: Warner Springs”