PCT day 17 - Deep Creek Hot Springs

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Beach Camp (298.5) to Rainbow Bridge Camp (310) 11.5 miles The campsite I had chosen was just wonderful: a nice little beach under a bridge. Of course I didn't stay there alone for long. It was late afternoon when a couple of other hikers…

PCT day 16 - Along Holcomb Creek

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Small stream camp (286.7) to Beach Camp (298.5) 11.7 miles After yesterday's big day today was meant to be a bit shorter. I was aiming for the bridge near Splinter's Cabin. Under the bridge some nice beachy campsites were supposed to be as…

PCT day 15 - Moving on

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Hwy 18 (266.1) to Small Stream Camp (286.7) 20.6 miles It was the three of us taking the 7 am shuttle from the hostel back to Hwy 18. Smiles, another guy without trailname and me. I started hiking at around 7:20 and leapfrogged with Smiles…

PCT day 13 & 14 - Big Bear Lake

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0 miles Three years ago it took me five minutes to enter the bus in Big Bear Lake. Still suffering from my knee injury I had decided to move along the trail with public transportation and meet my fellow hiker Navigator again. The hostel seemed…

PCT day 12 - Into town

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Arrastre Trail Camp (256.2) to Hwy 18 (266.1) 9.9 miles The night had been cold but not as bad as the last one. I managed to stay in my sleeping bag until short before 6 am but then had to leave my tent to jump behind a tree. I went to sleep…

PCT day 11 - Sightseeing

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Mission Camp (239.9) to Arrestre Trailcamp (256.2) 16.3 miles I woke up from a freezing cold night. It was actually hard to stay warm in the tent. I wished the campfire was still going... My goal for today was to get to the next watersource…

PCT day 10 - Washed out Mission Creek

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Mission Creek Camp (226.2) to Mission Camp (239.9) 13.7 miles When I pulled up my tent zippers Smiles was all packed up and ready to go. I wasn't in a hurry so I wished him Happy Trails and turned around again. It had been my best night on…

PCT day 9 - Fighting the wind

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Interstate 10 (209.5) to Mission Creek camp (226.2) 16.7 miles I woke up in a wonderful warm and cozy bed at Mary's and Jim's place. My friends had picked me up again at the I10 and had given me another wonderful day of rest, plenty of food…

PCT day 7 - Into the desert

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Windy camp (201.1) to Interstate 10 (209.5) 8.4 miles I didn't have to wake up at all. The wind had kept me up all night. And not only the wind. The temperature didn't drop at all and so I was sweating underneath my sleeping bag which I needed…

PCT day 6 - Fuller’s Ridge

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Off-trail camp to windy camp 14,9 miles Some pain in my left knee made me wake up in the middle of the night. It felt like an upcoming problem and I immediately thought about taking some Ibuprofen. But I decided against it as I didn't want…

PCT day 5 - Climbing Mt. San Jacinto

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Idyllwild to off-trail camp 7.8 miles (+ 2.5 miles on devils side trail) I woke up and packed my stuff. The hiker shuttle was supposed to leave at 8am to take us up to Humber Park. I didn't look forward to climbing up on the 2.5 miles long…

PCT day 4 - Idyllwild

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Zero miles (except the ones I walk around town) Last time I had been to Idyllwild I could hardly walk. I went around town to see Doctor Bill the physical therapist here and to get an x-ray at the health center. The friendliness of the locals…