Day 5: leaving kickoff

Our fifth day on the Pacific Crest Trail. We left “Kickoff” at Lake Morena before the event ended, resumed hiking. And made it 6 miles to Mt Laguna Campground.


Vehicle Start: Lake Morena, CA
Vehicle end/hiking start: Burnt Rancheria Campground, Mt Laguna, CA (mile 42)
Hiking end: Mt Laguna Campground, Mt Laguna, CA (mile 47.5)
Miles hiked: 5.5
Miles hitchhiked: about 30

This morning started at Lake Morena site #80 at adzpctko. We woke by 7am for free coffee, provided by Idyllwild’s “the town baker.” Rick talked with Yogi, author of our PCT guidebook, a bit over coffee: thanks for the book!

Morning coffee at adzpctko

Morning coffee at adzpctko

Rick showered and did laundry till about 10am. Erica doesn’t remember what she did in that time.

We caught a seminar on water conditions throughout the trail. No surprises: it’s a drought year. We were warned by Halfmile himself of a 40 mile water carry out of Tehachapi.

We ate tacos (again) from the trail angel “Tom” who’d been giving them out the day before. We made a steep donation to Tom; we ate yet more tacos.

We caught some parts of a seminar on PCT flaura and fauna, but got distracted by tacos. They’re really good.

We were hitchhiking by 1pm. We were given a ride back to Mt Laguna by a Lexus-driving magician & section hiker named Dale. We forgot to give him one of our business cards. Thanks, Dale.

Left Burnt Rancheria campground by 3pm. The walk to Mt Laguna campground was cloudy, foggy, windy, cold, and miserable.

Rick in windy, wet fog.

Rick in windy, wet fog.

We had few expansive views, but saw plenty of flora.

Erica found a pinecone the size of her head:

Erica with a very large pinecone

Erica with a very large pinecone

We passed some sort of toxic waste dump. Can anyone tell us what it was?

Hazardous waste area in the vicinity of Mt Laguna along the PCT

Hazardous waste area in the vicinity of Mt Laguna along the PCT

Arrived at Mt Laguna campground trailhead/parking area by 6pm. We got a ride to the campground (normally 7/10mile off trail) by John and Laura. They were out looking for their dog, a 10 month old golden retriever named Casey, who’d run away from the campground around 2pm today.

John and Laura fed us huge hamburgers, chips, and beer. So much beer. We kept repeating that we’re basically just starting off on the trail; they still spoiled us. John intends to through hike in 2017. Got to talking about gear over a lot of beer.

Laura and John, the trail angels who let us crash their campsite

Laura and John, the trail angels who let us crash their campsite

Erica with what must be a 1lb hamburger from John and Laura

Erica with what must be a 1lb hamburger from John and Laura

We were in bed by 8:30pm for a wet, windy, rainy night.

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