Return to Eagle Rock

4 December 2022
PCT Warner Springs to Eagle Rock
(6 miles, +900/-900 feet).

Half Cookie is usually busy this time of year making… you guessed it… cookies! But she was all caught up today, so we decided to do a short hike.

Half Cookie’s knees have been bothering her and it was a bit chilly today, so we needed something low and flat.

I immediately thought of the PCT around Warner Springs — a hike back to Eagle Rock would be perfect!

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Wondrous morning light
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An ancient oak
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Gorgeous meadows
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So nice!
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California aster
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Narrow-leaved cryptantha
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Parish’s goldeneye
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Golden yarrow

Eagle Rock was quite busy. It took a while to wait for a clear shot of the iconic formation.

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Eagle Rock

After a nice break, we headed back, this time on a use trail cross-country that connected back to the PCT after about half a mile.

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Brownplume wirelettuce
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Easy cross-country!
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Star gilia
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Redstem stork’s-bill

With just a mile to go, we crossed paths with some hikers who were hiking with their…. cat!

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Attack cat

The cat was panting hard and seemed quite freaked out. At least, that’s what our own cats look like when they are afraid. I can’t even imagine all the novel predator smells it was being exposed to.

We also saw some humans taking advantage of the trail on 4 legs.

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Yee-haw

Soon we were back to the car and ready to drive the lovely hills heading back to San Diego.

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