Day 11 – Monday, April 21
Made it to town a day early and I’m enjoying my first zero day in a cool little place called Idyllwild. The main reason I’m a little early here is that there is a section of the PCT which has been closed since July of last year due to a fire on Mt. San Jacinto between mile 162.5 and mile 178. The only real walking option is a dangerous highway road walk and it’s been reported by other hikers that the highway is a very twisty mountain road with zero shoulder, large drop-offs, blind corners and plenty of traffic. For me, I decided like most folks to hitch a ride into town. The road walk option just didn’t sound like an enjoyable experience for me. I wish I had more confidence in drivers out there, but I don’t.
So, here I am enjoying some good rest and food. This morning I ate breakfast at a little place called the Red Kettle Restaurant, which claims to have been visited often by both John Wayne and Elvis Presley. At breakfast, I also met Trail Angel Stacy who offered me and a couple of other hikers a ride back to the trail head in the morning leaving town at 6:30 a.m. I’ve already made my stop by the local outfitter here and picked up some new Dirty Girl Gaiters (already put a pretty big hole in the ones I started with) and some fuel for cooking. I’m good to go for some more PCT desert hiking.
Below are a few photos leaving Warner Springs (breakfast at the Community Center) to Trail Angel Mike’s place.
Photos from Trail Angel Mike’s place to the Paradise Valley Cafe
I had a great mid-morning breakfast with some Green Sweet Iced Tea and music at the Paradise Valley Cafe. It’s a one mile road walk from the trail. Whitewater – Moving On!
I am also in Idyllwild.
If you want to drink a beer I am at the Cone Wood room 22 (near the campground after the bilbe chuch)
Sounds great…I’ll try and find you. WW
I am also in Idyllwild.
If you want to drink a beer I am at the Cone Wood room 22 (near the campground after the bible church)
Wow, it’s beautiful already, which I wasnt expecting! The mountains of California are amazing, and the energy from that place is amazing. I look forward to keeping up with your trip–enjoy! Post photo with all your gear loaded on, I’m curious how much it takes to go on this trail! I’m thinking a pack-horse would be handy if I were doing it! Blew out the gaiter? Cactus?
Thanks Bruce…I think my gaiter got cut by the rocks?
Truly enjoy the posts and pictures. Glad you’re doing so well. Looks like you’ve had some great weather. God bless. Stay safe. Keep having fun.
Thanks again Will!