Day 28: Guffy Campground to (almost) Cajon Pass

Our 28th day on the Pacific Crest Trail. We woke up in icy conditions and took awhile to thaw out. Heading southbound, we passed trail magic on our way towards Cajon Pass.

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Start location(SOUTHBOUND): Guffy Campground
End location: Swarthout Canyon Road
Miles hiked: around 16.5

Our day started very late. We weren’t walking until almost 10am. It took forever to de-ice our boots and other gear in sunny patches of Guffy Campground. As we packed up, a local got his truck stuck on the forest service access road towards Guffy Campground. When the truck finally became unstuck, it went mildly out of control into a nearby tree.

View from Guffy Campground in the morning

View from Guffy Campground in the morning

Fog near Guffy Campground

Fog near Guffy Campground

We hiked downhill from Guffy Campground towards Cajon Pass. There was heavy fog and we had very poor views. At least it was clear in the area of Guffy Campground; we did have views over breakfast (Guffy Campground has better views than Blue Ridge Campground).

We passed many, many hikers- we were both amazed at how many people are within a day of us on the trail. About 7 miles after Guffy Campground we got trail magic from “hopscotch,” PCT class of 2014. He had rented a car after flying to Los Angeles on business just to do trail magic. Thanks, hopscotch!

We were in snow until approximately 7800feet elevation. Once we descended below that, the snow was gone.

Bobcat just after Guffy Campground, on the PCT

Bobcat just after Guffy Campground, on the PCT

Erica descending on the north side of Cajon Pass

Erica descending on the north side of Cajon Pass

The fog finally cleared

The fog finally cleared

Poodle Dog Bush. EVIL PLANT! Same skin reactions as poison ivy.

Poodle Dog Bush. EVIL PLANT! Same skin reactions as poison ivy. There were tons of it on the trail about 10 miles after (south) of Guffy Campground.

We kept to ourselves for the day- there were no other southbounders.

About 3 miles before Swarthout Canyon road, Erica’s feet started to hurt. We decided to walk up Swarthout Canyon road to Line Pine Canyon rd, which leads to Wrightwood. We hitchhiked up to Wrightwood and spent the night there, having hiked just under 17 miles for the day.  Our hitchhike was a contractor named “Craig” from Florida who was listening to Danzig.

Once in Wrightwood, we got the literal last hotel room in town at the Canyon Creek Inn. We ate a dinner of coleslaw and a whole baked chicken from Wrightwood’s grocer, “Jensen’s Finest Foods.” We went to bed early, by 9pm, and both slept well.

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