Day 26: Silverwood Lake to Cajon Pass

Our 26th day on the Pacific Crest Trail.


May 14th, 2015
Start location: Just after the PCT undercrossing with SR-138 in the Silverwood Lake Recreation Area, mile 330-ish
End location: Cajon Pass Best Western (#hotel) at mile 342
Miles hiked: 12

We started early due to bad weather. We were walking by 7:45am. When we opened the tent in the morning, the skies were dark, foreboding, ominous, evil.

We decided to race the weather into Cajon Pass, and we won. This was our fastest twelve mile stretch, ever (AT or PCT). Every half hour or so, the rain and wind would simultaneously pick up. Or fog would blow in. Or the sun would come out for a few, short minutes.

Looking back at Silverwood Lake from the trail to Cajon Pass

Looking back at Silverwood Lake from the trail to Cajon Pass

Looking back at Silverwood Lake from the trail to Cajon Pass

Looking back at Silverwood Lake from the trail to Cajon Pass

Because of the cold and wet, we didn’t stop for any breaks. There was little scenery to view due to the weather; we didn’t get a break in the weather until about 3 miles out of Cajon Pass). When we needed a snack during this sprint-hike, we ate uncooked ramen because we didn’t want to stop to cook it.

Another hiker on the ridge approaching Cajon Pass

Another hiker on the ridge approaching Cajon Pass

Cajon Pass from above. TRAINS!

Cajon Pass from above. TRAINS!

We got great views of the Cajon Pass area as we descended the final ~3 miles into it. There are lots of trains in the area, and their horns are echo-ey and loud.

We arrived at the fabled Cajon Pass McDonalds by 12:30pm. We were eating Mighty Kids Meals and French Fries and drinking coffee by 1pm. There were a LOT of other hikers there, including basically _everyone_ we’d seen on the trail in the preceding day or two.

We left McDonalds around 3pm and got a room at the Best Western motel. We had a small resupply package waiting at that motel. Upon arrival, _many_ more hikers were there. The hotel and McDonalds were both overrun by hikers wanting to escape the weather (ourselves included!).

She found the McDonald's sign

She found the McDonald’s sign

We did laundry and watched TV. We ate $15 worth of Del Taco in the hotel’s breakfast area, where (for some reason) a lot of hikers had congregated. We split a six pack of hard apple cider and, probably under the influence, decided to go down to Rancho Cucamonga with other hikers to have sushi. We split a taxi van with 6 other hikers (8 total) to get there. We ate four rolls of sushi and had lots of sake.

After that, we went back to the hotel and went to bed.

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