This entry covers Saturday, April 9 from Sky Ranch @ mile 127 to PVC @ mile 151.9. Miles hiked = 24.9.
Mike Herrera’s place (aka: Sky Ranch): very restful sleep on the RV couch. The 3 girls used the bedroom. Woke at 5a to lots of stars = sunny hiking day. Packed & ate breakfast (instant BF, cocoa, EmergenC). Hiking at 6:15a to a wonderful dawn sky.
Trail was mostly dry. Made my first “10 (miles) before 10 (a)”. Stopped briefly at Tule Spring for water & lunch.
Did not cross another hiker all day. But did come across some great trail magic in the afternoon with a lending library, stocked cooler, and a surfboard sign-in.
Weather was partly sunny and mild (low 60’s f) until mid-afternoon when more cloud cover and cooler temps arrived. My recall of the last hike through here was sketchy of course so a lot of new photos were taken. 3 decent climbs were spread out thru the day and the trail was well pitched & switch backed.
Arrived at the trailhead on Hwy 74 @ 4:15p and amazingly there was a trail angel (Major Tom) waiting since he saw me coming. He dropped me at the Paradise Valley Cafe (PVC) where I had a tasty burger & shake for dinner.
It took about 10 minutes to catch a ride up to Idyllwild to check into the Silver Pines motel.
Shower/shave & relaxation followed. All in all a very good day especially with the big 24 miles. Now to watch the weather and plan how to hike the fire alternate. Maybe a slack pack since I’m already in Idyllwild. That would mean taking just the bare essentials back to the PCT trailhead (TH) for a quick day trip over the alternate.
ADL (All Day Long)