Day 23: Last Hike With Goose (For Now)

23 April 2021 Guffy Campground to Vincent Gap PCT Mile 364.4 to 374.0 I had a really tough time with the wind last night. I think I was so anxious that it might get too cold to sleep that I wasn’t able to just get cozy in my warm-enough state. I didn’t really get to…

Day 22: Up, Up, Up to Guffy

22 April 2021 Road to McDonald’s to Guffy Campground PCT Mile 341.9 to 364.4 It was great to sleep in a hotel the last two nights because it has been windy and COLD! But, the weather worked in our favor today because we had to climb 6,700 feet over 23 miles! When I planned this…

Day 21: Slackers

21 April 2021 Road near Highway 173 to Road to McDonald’s PCT Mile 318.7 to 341.9 Today was our “slackpack” day which is a hike without full packs. We left most of our stuff in the hotel and got a Lyft to the location where we left the PCT yesterday, and today we hiked back…

Day 20: Deep Creek Hot Springs

20 April 2021 Deep Creek Bridge to Road Near Highway 173 PCT Mile 298.5 to 318.7 What a crazy day! It feels like we packed three days into one. I got great sleep under the bridge last night and when I woke up this morning, I packed quickly. Half an hour before sunrise I was…

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,…

Day 18: Twenty-Three in Nine

18 April 2021 Onyx Summit to Caribou Creek PCT Mile 252.1 to 275.0 Goose and I have an ambitious schedule. It’s 90 miles to the McDonald’s at Cajon Junction, and we want to get there in time for dinner on Wednesday. That’s about 23 miles a day for the next four days. Normally it would…

Day 16: I Need Pants

16 April 2021 Heart Bar Creek to Onyx Summit PCT Mile 242.2 to 252.1 Brrrrrrrrrr!!!! Our water bottles froze last night. And we heard from folks at the hotel that it got down to 26 degrees! I managed to stay warm wearing all my clothes in my sleeping bag — but just from the waist…

Day 15: Soooooo much up!

15 April 2021 Mission Creek to Heart Bar Creek PCT Mile 225.9 to 242.2 Last night was such a great sleep! Perfect temperature and no wind and a wonderful site. Today we had to climb over 6,000 feet. It was only 16 miles but it felt like the 23 we did on the ridge up…

Day 14: Whitewater

14 April 2021 Tamarack Road to Mission Creek PCT Mile 209.6 to 225.9 It was so nice to sleep in a bed out of the wind last night. And since the weather was going to be cool, we planned a leisurely 10am departure. Just enough time for me to catch up with the blog! But…

Day 13: A Windy and Windy Descent

13 April 2021 Fuller Ridge Campground to Tamarack Road PCT Mile 190.5 to 209.6 It was COLD last night! It seemed about high 30s. I slept in all my clothes except my rain jacket to keep warm, which was fine, but it was painful getting up to pee with shoes still wet from the snow….

Day 12: Snowy San Jacinto

12 April 2021 Red Tahquitz to Fuller Ridge Trailhead PCT Mile 174.5 to 190.5 Boy did I sleep well last night! It was calm and chilly in the little sandy saddle we camped in, and I only woke up twice to pee and both times fell right back asleep. You know it was a tough…

Day 11: Rollercoaster Ridge

11 April 2021 Highway 74 to Red Tahquitz PCT Mile 151.8 to 174.5 What a day! I am spent. We started this morning by picking up Goose at his B&B and then headed to Pine Valley Cafe to see if I could find some things I lost under a tree there. No such luck, but…