Jen, Melissa and I are hiking a section of the PCT from Hwy 74 to Black Mtn Rd, 38.7 miles. Water is an issue. Carrying lots of water is NOT an option.
Today we drove up Hwy 74, hiked up to the PCT and cached water (hid it) for our first night’s camp about 14 miles along the start of our trail.
This relief map of the PCT was in the Ranger’s Station in Idyllwild where we picked up a permit for the hike.
After driving on a very bumpy, dusty, 4 mile dirt road we began our hike up to PCT. Mary Kay joined us and was surprised our day would be from 6am to 3:15pm. That’s how long it took us to drive up Hwy 74, drive on the dirt road to the trailhead, hike up and back to the PCT (plus caching time and snack time), driving to Idyllwild for lunch with JJ at Aroma Cafe (best restaurant in Idyllwild!), and obtaining our permit at the Ranger Station.
No this is not a model, it’s Mary Kay or Mary Kate as one person calls her. I don’t think she sweats!
Melissa bringing up the rear on this section of trail.
View south as we ascend the short trail to the PCT. It may have been a short trail but the 2 gallons of water I was hauling up the trail made the short trail a long trail:-)
A few feet from Fobes Saddle junction with the PCT we spotted this pretty yellow and black butterfly.
Here we are enjoying the shade and Trail Ratz chairs.
Melissa’s Salmon Salad lunch. Yum says Melissa.