Monthly Archives: May 2019

Day 10: Interstate 10 to Mission Creek Trail Miles: 209.5-226.2 May 12, 2019 Waking up in the motel was nearly impossible. We’d drawn the room-darkening shades against the lights of the parking lot in the night, but the same shades … Continue reading

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Watermelon Walking

Day 9: Nearo to Banning Trail Miles 200.5-209.5 May 11, 2019 Morning arrived with low clouds that delivered a smattering of rain before rising and allowing the sun to bathe the mountainside in gentle golden light. I descended the final … Continue reading

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How to Descend Mt. San Jacinto in 23 Easy Steps*

Day 8: Mount San Jacinto Summit to Mile 200.5 May 10, 2019 Trail miles ~185.5-200.5 plus ~2.5 miles from the summit to the PCT 1. Wake at 5am and bumble around in the dank summit shelter as you and 8 … Continue reading

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So you want to summit?

Day 7: Fobes Saddle to Mt. San Jacinto Trail miles 166.5-181.2 plus 3.3 miles to the top of the peak May 9, 2019 Today was a huge day. I left camp at 6 and had no chance to work on … Continue reading

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Day 6: Paradise Valley to Fobes Saddle Trail miles 151.9-166.5 May 8, 2019 After a breakfast of eggs, cereal, and ice cream, I walked to the Idyllwild town center with Carjack and T-Pain to hitchhike back to the trailhead in … Continue reading

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A Day of Rest

PCT Day 5: Zero in Idyllwild May 7, 2019 Today was a day for chores and socializing. The coffee shop was for cards and chess; the grocery store offered more supplies (can you say Snickers?); the post office was a … Continue reading

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A Valley Called Paradise

Day 4: Trail Angel Mary’s to Paradise Valley Cafe Trail miles 145.5-151.9 May 6, 2019 In the morning, everything was wet. I peeked out to find a low-hanging mist blowing through camp, and promptly zipped my tent shut again. I … Continue reading

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