|Falling Snow Climbing out of Wrightwood|
Leaving my ride at Inspiration Point above Wrightwood, I climbed into heavily falling snow, with visibility of 100 feet. Within a minute another hiker came down the trail saying that he was going back to Wrightwood due to the conditions. My plan was to hike south through the Angeles Forest until I got over into the next drainage, which would start around the border into the San Bernardino Forest. For the next five hours I hiked through falling snow and graupel, passing many hikers going into Wrightwood who had been surprised to wake up that morning with snow on their tent. Almost exactly on plan, less than a minute after passing the San Bernardino Forest sign I felt a welcome gust of warmer air and minutes later I was hiking on dry trail again.
On the morning of my second day in this section I realized that even my most positive attitude would not be enough to make my knees stop hurting. After hiking over 500 miles I was experiencing consistent inflammation and pain, and decided that I should take a trail break of at least a week to let my knees recover. Thankfully my wife Christine agreed to bring me home for a break the next day. While I was still able to hike through 15 miles that day, it required a slow pace and I finished off the last of my aspirin. I'm currently at home as I write this post, but expect to be back on the trail in less than two weeks.
|Trains Coming Through Just Before the Freeway Crossing|
Here is a link to my photos for this section: