Day 21: Leaving Big Bear

Big metal crate of trail magic from Sarge near Big Bear Lake

Our 21st day on the Pacific Crest Trail. We hitchiked from our hotel room down SR-38 to the point at which we left the PCT a few days prior, then hiked on to the SR-18 crossing. —- May 9th Start mile: near mile 251, a dirt road which leads to SR-38 directly across from LA County D.O.E.’s “Blue Sky Meadow”

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Day 22: Back to Big Bear

off the grid mansion near Big Bear

Our 22nd day on the Pacific Crest Trail. We hiked from the PCT crossing with SR-18 to Van Dusen Canyon Road, where we were picked up by Rick’s mom (to celebrate Mother’s Day in Big Bear). —- May 10th Start location: About a mile before the PCT intersection with SR-18– roughly at mile 265. End location: Van Dusen Canyon Road,

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Day 24: Descending Deep Creek

Bridge under which we had lunch. Near inteintersection with Splinters trail.

Our 24th day on the Pacific Crest Trail. We descended Deep Creek, and passed a hot spring fed wading area frequented by locals —- May 12, 2015 Start location: mile 292, at a campsite between a jeep road (3N16) and a large creek (Holcomb Creek) End location: mile 310,  just north of a rainbow painted bridge over Deep Creek, lat/lon:

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Days 17-20 (May 5-8): Whitewater Preserve to Big Bear Lake

Snapshot of a plane involved in surveillance of the nearby ~12 acre fire

Our 17th through 20th days on the Pacific Crest Trail. We hiked up Mission Creek’s valley from the Whitewater Preserve, headed towards Big Bear Lake, CA.  In doing so, we left the San Gorgonio Wilderness (BLM) and entered the San Bernardino National Forest (USFS). We hiked on to Big Bear, where we stayed for three nights due to weather we weren’t

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Day 15: Descending Mt San Jacinto & Family Visit

The transition from pine groves to desert descending from Mt San Jacinto

Our 15th day on the Pacific Crest Trail. We spent the morning and early afternoon descending Mt San Jacinto. In the late afternoon, we were met trailside by family. Start location: Fuller Ridge Trailhead (and car camping), ~Mile 191 End location: Mile 206.8, Snow Canyon Road Miles hiked: About 16 Our day started early, around 6:30am. The morning was loud–

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Day 14: Mt San Jacinto

Sign we passed warning of hazardous conditions on the way up to Mt San Jacinto

Our 14th day on the Pacific Crest Trail. We summited Mt San Jacinto and had great views of Palm Springs and Mt San Gregonio. Start location: Mile 182 End location: Mile 191 Miles hiked: about 11 due to the Mt San Jacinto alternate route diverging from the PCT. Our day started late. We were walking by about 8:45am. We immediately

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