Sunday, April 22, 2018
PCT 18.3 I-10 to Big Bear, 57 PCT miles
Our trail friend Patrick decided to hike on his own starting from this section, so we took a group photo and said goodbye for now.
The trail north from I-10 leads unrelentingly up for several miles, past the Mesa Wind Farm, and then along a ridge where we were kept cool with a light breeze. Dropping down to the Whitewater Creek drainage we took a short detour to the Whitewater Preserve, which offers PCT hikers clean water and a field for camping.
The next day we climbed up and over a totally dry drainage, and then up onto a ridge. While we hiked through fierce winds, we got to watch Mt. San Jacinto completely enveloped by thick clouds. After being nearly blown off the ridge we dropped into the Mission Creek drainage, which we followed over the next ten miles or so, cris-crossing Mission Creek.
The rest of this section was bone dry and we needed to carry water for a dry camp. Although extremely arid, it was great to traverse the beautiful landscape and enjoy the exotic clouds.
The photos for this section are in an album here:
Photos for I-10 to Big Bear