a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 158.4 to 180. Tunnel Spring to Idyllwild.
The alarm clock goes off at 3.45am. It‘s so dark and cold outside and so difficult to get out of the warm and cozy sleeping bag. But here we go, at the end of this day we will be in Idyllwild, freshly showered and fed. So let‘s do this.
We leave Tunnel Spring at 4.35am and climb up the hill we came down from the previous night. Fortunately it isn‘t half as bad to climb it than to descend it. After 10mins we are back on the PCT and we can already see the sun light in the far east. It looks beautiful. And off we are, hiking fast, Wizard leads the way and Dario and I follow closely. We stop for an extended breakfast of oatmeal, cliff bars and trail mix before climbing even higher. The views are breathtaking and I am enjoying every second of it. Can‘t stop smiling. Just pure happiness. As the day goes on we get a little tired but Idyllwild is coming closer and we are just so pumped to get into town. Food! Shower! Laundry! And our friends who are hiking so fast! We book a cabin at the Silver Pines Lodge and Doc and Speedy who are already in Idyllwild go directly to the hotel and make sure we get a cabin large enough for all of us.
Due to a fire in 2013 the PCT is closed from mile 168 to 177. We take the alternate route called Spitler Peak Trail at mile 168. The first two miles crush us. It is sooo incredibly steep, yet the views are fascinating! After a total of 17 miles hiked that day we arrive at highway 74. There another hiker called Rob who we have been leapfrogging with is picked up by his wife Rose. We are lucky to arrive around the same time as him and can catch a ride with them to Idyllwild.
When we arrive the joy of seeing Speedy and Doc again is huge! Immediately we hand over all our dirty clothes to be washed, take a looong and hot shower and catch up with the others. Our cabin is so cute and cozy! Once we get our clean clothes back we go to a pizza place and take the pizzas home to eat with a bottle of red wine. We end that amazing day in front of the TV watching Friends. What a time to be alive!