Day 20: Slack-Pack #2

Mile 266.1 Highway 18

Mile 277.7 Cougar Crest Trail Junction

Our plan today was to slack-pack this 11.6 mile section of the PCT with Rob & Stacy. Donna has had a sore right knee for the last week or two so she decided to stay at the Big Bear cabin and ice her knee.

Before starting our hike Rob made homemade Brioche French Toast with sliced strawberries and bananas and syrup. Yummy! Now that’s the way to start the day before a hike.

After breakfast we returned to the PCT Junction at Highway 18 and started our hike. Soon we came to a closed 2+ mile portion of the trail because of the Holcomb Fire in June 2017.

There was a detour around the closed portion of the trail on dirt roads.

There was a section on the detour where we got a glimpse of snow-capped Mt. San Gorgonio.

Soon we were back on the official Pacific Crest Trail And had views east towards the desert.

Rob and Stacy are great hiking partners

and after four hours of hiking we finally got to a point on the trail where we had great views of Big Bear Lake.

Shortly thereafter we reached the Cougar Crest Trail Junction with the PCT and hiked down the 2 mile side trail to the Trailhead where Donna was able to pick us up.

After a lunch of burgers, fries and onion rings, and of course a beer, we returned to the cabin and packed up. Rob and Stacy had to return home so they dropped us off at the Holiday Inn at Big Bear Lake.

Donna and I plan on taking a zero day tomorrow. We have to go to the grocery store, resupply and mail some packages forward.

Thanks for following our PCT journey.

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