a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 180 to 187 from Idyllwild to Bushcamp
At 8am a driver, which Speedy managed to organize the day before, comes to pick the five of us up.
After a 15 minutes long drive we reach the trailhead again. It is actually not yet the PCT, as the actual PCT section is closed due to a fire closure.
The trail we hit now is called “The devil's slide” and takes us up from approx 5000 feet (1500 m) to 8000 feet (2400 m) where it crosses the PCT again. It is kind of steep but we manage to climb it all. At the PCT junction we are debating whether we should go further up to the summit of Mount San Jacinto on 10’800 feet (3300 m) or do the “easy way” and stay on the PCT and not have to climb anymore.
We decide to go all upwards to the top of Mount San Jacinto. After 3 exhausting hours we reach a small hut next to the summit where our friends Speedy, Wizard and the Prodigal (Brad) are already waiting for us.
We stay at the hut, have some lunch and are listening to Wizard playing our new trail song “You’re welcome” on her Ukulele. :)
After spending an hour at the hut we all climb the actual summit. What a view! Absolutely amazing!
After taking several beautiful and some very funny pictures (freedom of the ass) we begin our descent and set up camp after 3 more hours.
What a day filled with music, views, funny pictures and awesome friends!