Day 19: Swimmin’ Hole

19 April 2021
Caribou Creek to Deep Creek Bridge
PCT Mile 275.0 to 298.5

Our water bottles froze again last night….

But I was warm and slept great! ‘Cause pants!

Nonetheless, it was not a temperature in which to linger once out of my sleeping bag, so I packed up quickly and hit the trail, agreeing to meet Goose in about 3.5 miles at a road crossing.

I started hiking in all my clothes but gradually I shed layers.

Big Bear Lake
Shadow selfie

At the turnoff for the Cougar Crest Trail, I had breakfast.

Cold-soaked oatmeal and cranberries
Sierra Juniper
Old school PCT marker
Green leaf manzanita
Western tansy mustard

Goose caught up with me just moments after I sat down at our meeting spot, and we chilled for a bit before heading out.

We chatted with another hiker, Bounce, who has been hiking for 3 weeks, and he said he wanted to hit 300 miles today. Go Bounce!

The day was already getting warm as the sun climbed and we descended.

JimmyJam and the San Gabriels in the distance
Upper Holcomb Creek
Snack time!
Here we go again
Common sagebrush lizard
Now that’s a blowdown!
Lunchtime view
Mojave desert star
Cool rocks
Scale bud
Granite gilia

The trail was a bit of a tease today. It got sooo hot while we followed Holcomb Creek for miles without descending to it. We dreamed of a dip in it.


And then finally we crossed it and had our chance.

Oh that’s cold!
The Goose takes to water
And now it’s cooked!

Refreshed, we returned to a trail that now crossed Holcomb Creek several times.

Water crossings
And more
Desert trumpet
Some kind of blazingstar
Fragrant sumac
JimmyJam yard sale

We were both pretty tired the last few miles as we climbed from Holcomb Creek over to Deep Creek.

Climbing away from Holcomb Creek
Now that’s a big pine cone!
One last plateau to cross
Deep Creek Canyon!
Deep Creek bridge

When we finally got to the bridge, we descended below it to get water and there were great places to camp so we decided not to head over to Splinter’s Cabin nearby. There are 5 other hikers here, including Bounce!

Chatting with Bounce in camp

Bounce is heading on this evening — just 1.5 miles until he gets his 300!

Today’s Hike-U:

Nothing creates want
Of a clear, cold, swimming hole,
Like hot desert sun

6 Comments Add yours

  1. ZoZoZoom says:

    Incredible swimming hole photo – could feel the cold. Happy you were able to take a dip. Brrrrrr. 👏

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  2. P says:

    Ice, fire, cold, uphill huff! You’re going well.

    From the comfort of our homes, thanks for taking us along!

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  3. I’m really loving following your adventures, especially all the photos of plants and flowers! Looks amazing!

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  4. I’m following your adventure from Australia. Loving the haiku’s and all the pictures. Looks amazing. I wish you a safe journey for the rest of the trail.

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