PCT day 26 - Unexpected

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Mill Creek Camp (418.4) to North Fork Ranger Station (436.1) 17.7 miles I woke up in my tent after a freezing cold night. Unfortunately the morning was still freezing cold and wet. Slowly I packed up my stuff. The couple who had camped next…

PCT day 25 - RAIN

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Buckhorn Campground (394.0) to Mill Creek Camp (418.4) 24.4 miles It started raining early in the morning. I was wondering if I could just stay in my tent all day. Maybe a good idea, who knows?! From the weather forecast I knew it was supposed…

PCT day 24 - Climbing Baden-Powell

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Mountainside Camp (375.8) to Buckhorn Campground (394.0) 18.2 miles The last night had been as expected. Gusts of wind were shaking my tent all night while I stayed in one single position afraid of sliding down the mountain. I probably could…

PCT day 23 - First half of the Climb

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Hwy 2 (369.3) to Mountainside Camp (375.8) 6.5 miles Today I hiked a lot further than I wanted to. My initial plan was to leave Wrightwood after lunch and just hike a couple of miles to an off-trail campground. I got a hitch immediately as…

PCT day 22 - Zero in Wrightwood

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0 miles I had decided to stay in town for a couple of nights and give my body some time to rest and repair some muscle damage from the hike. Wrightwood is a nice and small mountain town where I could reach everything by foot. Of course I had…

PCT day 21 - Into Wrightwood

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Guffy Campground (364.3) to Hwy 2 (369.3) 5 miles Last night was my first solo camp on trail! Unbelievable that no one joined me on the big campground. Well, nearly noone! It was probably 2 am when I heard some noises outside my tent. As I…

PCT day 20 - San Andreas

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Swarthout Canyon (347.2) to Guffy Campground (364.3) 17.1 miles The night has been rainy but very quiet in regards to wind. I was still lying in my tent listening to the raindrops when it was already daylight. From the canyon road it would…

PCT day 19 - Beyond Cajon Pass

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Gleghorn Picnic Area (328.1) to Swarthout Canyon (347.2) 19.1 miles I woke up way too early to wait for our trail angel Fishtank to come back with breakfast. It turned out that I had chosen a very good campsite under the trees and that my…

PCT day 18 - Group experience

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Rainbow bridge camp (310) to Gleghorn Picnic Area (328.1) 18.1 miles Last night had restored my faith in the hiker community. It was just me and Smiles under the bridge for a long time until an older couple from Washington state joined us.…

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…