a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 235.5 to 253.2. From Bushcamp to Bushcamp.
We actually planned to get up early in the morning to do as many miles as possible, so the next day we would only need to walk a few miles until reaching the highway to Big Bear Lake.
That was the plan. Of course it did not work. Setting the alarm clock to 4.30 am was too ambitious and we just snooze the alarm clock until nearly seven. By that time we feel so bad that we somehow manage to get up.
We do our daily morning ritual and pack all our stuff within 45 minutes into the two backpacks and off we go.
The day begins with a steep climb for about 2.5 miles. There we cross Mission Creek for the last time. That also means the last opportunity to get water for the next 8 miles until reaching a not guaranteed water cache.
So we fill our bottles there and have a nice little break.
After that we climb for another 3 miles. The trail leads us through a burnt forest section. I always thought that a wildfire burns nearly everything down, similiar to after a bonfire.
But it is different. Almost all of the burnt threes are still standing, they are completely covered in a blackish kind of sauce and remind me of skeletons - standing there without leaves, only on their base structure. The forest floor is covered with thousands of darkish, burnt needles. But somehow life has managed to find it’s way back to this dead section as there are several green desert like bushes between the burnt trees.
After hiking through this bizarre area we reach the top of the mountain. From there it is more or less all the way downhill until mile 246 where we actually find the water cache mentioned before. We take some liters with us and have lunch there - mashed potatoes again. I still like it, but Maya is beginning to hate it…
We walk another 4 miles where we pass an obscure, so called private zoo - a place where tigers, lions and grizzly bears are being trained for Hollywood movies and are kept in very very small cages.
After three more miles we reach the Big Bear Hostel Information Center. It turns out the Information center is nothing more than a Container filled with information material and more important, with cold sodas! We grab three sodas and set camp close to that center as you never know if you’re getting thirsty again during the night :)