The day could not have started off better. Nice sunset and a ride back to the trail from Kim (with the Montezuma valley market). Slept pretty good and hit the trail before 7:00. Hoped to reach Warner Springs by 11, if my just over 2 mph usual pace held.
The initial views were quite nice, but no where near the elevation gains and losses experienced earlier. I don’t think we gained or lost more than 600 feet all day. The path was always smooth and easy, and almost no rocks. Also lots of easy to get to nice flowing water. It was like the trail was beckoning me to keep going.
After a short climb and decent, I reached what I assume is Montezuma valley
I climbed out of the valley on an easy path looking for the famous “Eagle Rock”. I suspect it is one of those rocks off in the distance. Mile 106.
Eagle rock was very cool to see and a nice day hiker on the trail took what I hope are good pics. Please feel free to photo shop in an american flag anyplace you choose.
This is San Felipe creek which was earlier in the day. It just looked pretty.
With only 4 miles left to go on this easy, mild weather, and easy path day, suddenly after miles and miles of no natural water, it was everywhere.
Frankly, it was kind of irritating, lol
Seeing the posting and warnings for section B, it was official I HAD FINISHED SECTION A!!
With a room reserved in Idyllwild, I started to hitch the 1.5 hours and 3 to four highways away trip. Amazingly, I got 3 rides In less then 5 minutes, and got to check in and shower at the Silver pine lodge by 12:30. This hitch had bothered me for 2 days, and I was thrilled how easy it went
The room and shower are great, My hiker laundry is being done as I type, and my bounce box of hiker gear and clean clothes arrived to the hotel on time. I am enjoying pot stickers, mini corn dogs and a cold beer at the Lumbermill, a very good local spot
Rose will be meeting me here tomorrow, This has been a blast. Difficult and painful at times, and the path ahead is unrelenting. I may well be done. But if so this is not a loss but a gain.
1 year ago I weighed 270 pounds and had not backpacked in 35 years. Now I suspect my weight is under 200 pounds, I am in great shape, and just hiked a tough 109 miles section of the famous Pacific Crest Trail (not the pacific valley trail, no way. This trail fights hard to find its crests). I understand and appreciate backpacking and California much better then ever
Even if done, I still can return to the PCT this year or any year for more section hikes. Should be fun.
What a long strange trip it has been, indeed!