Day 7: Eagle Rock

7 April 2021
Barrel Spring to Mike’s Place
PCT Mile 101.1 to 126.9

I slept really well last night! Frogs were croaking owls were hooting and I heard all that for about 15 minutes before I conked.

The early walk this morning took us through gorgeous cow pastures full of goldfields, lupines, and poppies, and the smell of green grass hung heavy in the air. I became so overwhelmed with its sweetness that I started to cry. I still can’t believe I get to take such a wonderful journey!

Prairie-rocket wallflower
First light on the rolling hills
Smooth mountain mahogany
Turkey pea
Howdy sun!
Miniature lupine
Shadow selfie
Catching up with Ezra
There he is!
Endless green
Fields of goldfields
Blow wives
Bigelow’s tickseed
Miner’s lettuce

A ate breakfast at a beautiful oasis where the trail crosses San Ysidro creek.

San Ysidro Creek
California sun cup

By mid-morning I arrived at Eagle Rock, an icon of the PCT which looks so much like an Eagle that it seems like it can’t be real!

Let’s fly to Canada!

Afterward I passed two dozen day hikers on their way in. They smelled so perfumy to me compared to my own savory odor! I was surprised to see so many mid-week until I learned that this week is Spring Break here.

When I reached Warner Springs I walked the road to the post office to pick up a resupply package with food I had mailed to myself. Then I continued walking the road until it intersected with the PCT again.

Road walk to Warner Springs post office
Yay my food is here!

I should note that I am not worried about missing a mile or two of the PCT here or there. Instead, I am trying to do “continuous footsteps” which means that if I get a ride somewhere I have to return to that spot and continue on foot so there is one unbroken path from Mexico to Canada. Fire detours are the most likely reason I may have to abandon this plan as I head further north. We’ll see.

Back on the PCT I headed up Agua Caliente Creek, a lovely stretch that is popular with local backpackers.

Agua Caliente Creek

After that the trail climbs up away from flowing water and back into the dry, windy, hot desert chaparral.

Pretty, but hot!

I passed up the water at Lost Spring because other hikers said it contained “extra protein.”

No thanks
Southern alligator lizard
Hot Springs Mountain, the tallest in San Diego County
Saw lots of these Pacific velvet ants (which are actually wasps)

Instead of stopping at Lost Spring, I carried enough water from Agua Caliente to get me to Mike’s Place, a weird trail angel house just off the trail that a hiker named Goose called “one part Woodstock, and one part Apocalypse Now.’

Mike’s water
Mike’s place

I got in too late for a free dinner, but decided to camp there with about 20 other hikers since I was tired after 27 miles and more than happy to sleep anywhere. Fortunately, camp was soon quiet aside from a few snores!

Good night Mike!

Today’s Hike-U

Verdant Relief
What does green smell like?
An open pasture after
Miles of hot desert

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Peggy Tryon says:

    I’m speechless James! These pics and your journey amazes me! My feel hurt after 3 miles! Beautiful pics! Love, peggy

    Liked by 2 people

    1. JimmyJam says:

      That’s so nice, thanks!


  2. Jay Harrison says:

    The smooth mountain mahogany and velvet ants are incredible. Absolutely increadible. Is this on my planet? I need to get outside more.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jay Harrison says:

    Wait, I meant to say “our planet”.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. JimmyJam says:

      Take me to your leader! 🙂


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