Arrived in Idyllwild, CA after navigating part of the first fire closure alternate route. And by navigating I mean mostly skipping. We’re enjoying being a couple thousand feet higher, in cooler temps, and surrounded by pines. This will be our first “zero day” – for those of you not familiar with long distance hiking it means a rest day with zero miles of progress. We’ve come ~151 miles over the past 11 days and we feel good, but like with any endourance sport, rest days are important.
Day 6 – We had an easy hitch out of Julian back to Scissors Crossing with a musician from Michigan who said tons of people in Julian are from Michigan. After waiting out the heat we decided to do some night hiking from around 5-11pm. We camped at mile 90.4, a tent site on a ridge 2-3 feet up and just to the side of the trail.
Day 7 – After night hiking we still ended up getting up around 5:45am to continue on. The only real notable and exciting part of the day was hitting mile marker 100! We camped pretty much right after at mile 101.1.
Day 8 – Hiked in the midst of cows and blazing sun to arrive at Eagle Rock, a pretty neat landmark. Went into Warner Springs, CA to pick up a package, grab a hot meal, then hiked a few more miles up trail to mile 112.5 where we camped.
Day 9 – camped at mile 131.6 after our longest day yet at a measly 19.1 miles. Starting to feel ready to push more than 15 miles/day.
Day 10 – camped at mile 148.2. Got in about 17 miles today in the early morning and afternoon shade. Windy/chilly at a couple points. Stopped at a water cache called “Walden” with cold soda, a 500 gal tank of water, library, and a couple picnic tables.
In the next couple weeks we’ll traverse up to Big Bear Lake/City and then start heading West through the San Bernardino and Angeles National Forests.
Still no blisters on my feet.