24mi – Tentsite @290
Good day headed out from Big Bear. The sunset was pretty nice while setting up the tent.
20mi – Tentsite @ 310
Stopped at the Deep Creek Hotsprings today. Had a swim and a good hot soak in one of the pools.
25mi – Tentsite @ 335
Hiked past Silverwood Lake. Went for a swim again. Two days in a row! We also had pizza and wings delivered to a picnic area by the lake. I was feeling a bit spoiled.
21mi – Tentsite @ 356
Stopped at the Cajon Pass McDonalds. It’s another one of the “landmarks” along the trail. The place was half full of dirty hikers eating copious amounts of food. Ordered twice and packed out a half dozen bacon mcDoubles. Mmmmm!
16mi – Jackson Flats Campground
The town of Wrightwood was along the trail, but I just stopped in for a quick re-supply at the grocery store. Met up with the crew again, and hiked out in the late aft.
23mi – Cooper Canyon Camp
4:30 am start, to climb Mt. Baden-Powell. Great views. The ocean and L.A. were hidden below the clouds though. It was a tough day, but good. 6000′ up and 7000′ down. I was thinking “this trail is no joke…” On the way down from the summit, we passed about a dozen boyscout troops on their way up.
16mi – Tentsite @ 411
Passed the 400 mile point! The trail ran close to Hwy. 2 for most of the day. It looks like a pretty cool road for riding a bike. Lots of them out there!
25mi – North Fork Ranger Station
Dropped down through the clouds today on the way to the station. Had trail magic there. Hotdog, snacks and cold soda. The hiking was nice being out of the sun.
8mi – Acton KOA
Made it into the campground and settled in for a break. I spent the afternoon in the pool and hottub. There were two other Eric’s here as well, so we hung out for dinner.
May 23 & 24
My ankles and knee were feeling the miles and all the climbing and descents during the last stretch. I decided to take a good break and get rested up. The Sierras are about 250 miles away now, and I want to be at 100% Feeling much better today and I’m ready to get going again in the morning!