Day 3: Lake Morena to Mt Laguna

Our third day on the Pacific Crest Trail. We left the desert ecosystem and climbed to pine groves at 6100 feet elevation.


Start location: Lake Morena County Park
End Location: Burnt Rancheria campground
Miles hiked: 21

We woke early today and were walking by 7:30am. Early departures are rare for us. Many people left Lake Morena around the same time; the trail was crowded.

We stopped at an ill-used car campground, Boulder Oak, saround 10am for a snack. It was memorable because it has horse corrals.

Erica eating lunch at Boulder Campground

Erica eating lunch at Boulder Campground

The trail crosses an old routing of i-8 right next to a bus stop. That a bus stop exists on the trail amused us.

We passed lots more desert flower scenery in the morning.

Pink flowers along the Pacific Crest Trail

Pink flowers along the Pacific Crest Trail

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Yellow flowers

Yellow flowers

The plant "paintbrush" is red

The plant “paintbrush” is red

After crossing i-8 we spent most of the day climbing.

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The desert ecosystem (flowers, yucca) gave way to dense, tough, green shrubbery.

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Eventually, that gave way to pine groves.

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We ate lunch at mile 32, Fred Canyon. We met up with class-of-2014 AT hikers Popeye, Sass, and Karate kid there. Good to see familiar faces!

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We watered and snacked at Long Canyon Creek 37.8. We continued on to Burnt Rancheria campground, making our day about 22 miles.

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We ate macaroni and cheese for dinner. And now we sleep an exhausted sleep.

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