I made it to the top of Mount Laguna! I’m still only an hour and a half drive away from San Diego, and it’s taken me two and a half days to get here.
I started out at the border on Friday morning, and hiked the twenty miles into the kickoff party at Lake Morena. That was the longest day hike I’ve ever done, and I was very happy to see Chuck at around mile 17 – he had hiked up from the lake to meet me for the last few miles, a much-needed morale boost.
After a day off for the party, I started out yesterday at around 7:30 and hiked 12 miles up to Fred Canyon Creek, where I called it a day around 2:30 and relaxed in the shade. There were about 16 of us camped there, and I cowboy camped for the first time – no tent, just my ground cloth, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag. I wasn’t attacked by any creepy crawlers, but there were some little twigs falling out of the tree I was camped under.
This morning I finished climbing up to Mount Laguna, about 3000 feet of climbing in 11 miles. The trail climbs gently, so I was able to keep up a steady pace. I’m disappointed that I haven’t seen a rattlesnake yet, but the bushes were abuzz with bees this morning, and I was glad to escape unstung. I’m now relaxing at Burnt Rancheria campground where hiker Griffin and his dad are hosting hikers, after a great lunch at the Pine Hill Tavern, which was open especially for PCT hikers today – amazing how a restaurant meal feels like an amazing luxury after only two days! Will be heading off for another six or so miles to the next campground. Afternoon beaks are definitely the way to go.