PCT mile 129.20 to 149.87
It was a beautiful moon and star filled night on top of the last pass before the San Jacinto mountains. I slept cowboy style, meaning no tent. I do this whenever I can usually only tent camping to avoid rain, bugs, wind or cold.
I forgot to mention that the Hidden Valley Boy Scout Camp where I attended as a kid is only a few miles from here. I really enjoyed that place but remember it being cooler 😏. I am glad it is still there.
Today’s hike will consist of a long downhill and then a lot of up and down hills in arid scrub. The only water sources are human sources: cisterns, well tanks and water caches.
A few blooms were seen today:
The highlights for me were the water caches though.
Sooooo happy that people stock these! Note the use of a cup to drink water by…
It was another long, hot day. The trail passed by the edge of a small remote community and one of the residents has created a wonderful Rest Area for PCT hikers. This Trail Angel has named it Walden and provided picnic tables, water, sodas, trash and recycle bins, and a tiny library. It is dedicated to Henry David Thoreau and even has tow life sized cutouts of the author with inspirational quotes.
This quote particularly resonated with me:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
After a nice visit I continued on to the top of last ridge before highway 74 that leads to Hemet and Idyllwild. It was late when I found my campsite.