Start: Mile 144 Trailside Campsite
End: Mile 151.9 Junction Highway 74
This morning we were up again before 6am and on the trail at 6:45. We knew that today would be an easy day on the trail as we were only hiking 8 miles to the where the PCT crosses Highway 74.
About one mile into our hike we came to a water cache hosted by Trail Angel Mary. She actually owns this property which is adjacent to the PCT and has set it up a “PCT Hiker Camp” that has a 500 gallon water tank, an area for hikers to set up their tents, a picnic table with shade, a library and an outhouse. While we were there Mary and her dog Scout came by to say hi and check on how everyone was doing.
Mary is a retired college philosophy professor hence the library and silhouettes of John Muir, Walter Whitman, Henry David Thoreau and some of pertinent quotes.
After visiting with Mary and Scout we continued hiking until we reached Highway 74. We immediately got offered a ride from Trail Angel David to the Paradise Valley Cafe about one mile down the road. Paradise Valley Cafe is known for having some of the best burgers on the trail and we had been looking forward to this feeding frenzy opportunity for the last few days.
After spending a couple hours relaxing and enjoying a “proper city lunch”, we were given a ride by Trail Angel Jason into Idyllwild where we checked into the Idyllwild Inn. After showering and getting cleaned up we went across the street and enjoyed an awesome pizza from Idyllwild Pizza. It was nice to sleep in a real bed again.
Tomorrow we plan on “slack-packing” a sixteen mile section of the PCT. Slack-packing means that we are only carrying what we need for the day (water, snacks and an extra layer of clothes) and not all our other gear like the tent, sleeping bags, stove, etc. Trail Angel David will give us a ride tomorrow morning back to the PCT and we’ll hike this section of the trail and then return to Idyllwild for a couple of “zero” days where don’t hike at all.
Thanks for following our journey.