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Palm Springs to Paradise Cafe – day 1

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Journey report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles

Fleeing Spring allergic reactions in British Colombia, I flew to Palm Springs.

The place to hike?

My first alternative was one thing on the Pacific Crest Path.

North to South so I’d meet through hikers headed the opposite route.

I rented a automotive on the Palm Springs airport and drove a few hours to the well-known PCT campground at Warner Springs.

The Warner Springs Useful resource Middle runs this campsite (by donation) as a fundraiser.

With over 40 tents stuffed with through hikers it’s a super place to get info and suggestions. 😀

A fellow on the info desk really useful I return the automotive … then take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to start out the stroll to Idyllwild, some of the common cities on the PCT.

I’d hiked out of Idyllwild in 2011 and beloved the realm. Sounded GREAT.

Excellent. I left a bag on the Useful resource Middle. I’d choose it up after I bought there.

It was 5pm by the point I bought on the Tramway. Late.

I took time to look at the video on Mount San Jacinto State Park.

There are greater than 50 miles of trails, splendid for hikers making an attempt to flee the Coachella Valley warmth 2640 ft beneath.

By the point I bought to the Ranger Station, nevertheless, it was closed.

The closest campsite was Spherical Valley … so I stuffed out the complicated paperwork as greatest I might … and hustled off to get there earlier than darkish.

I really like mountain climbing in California. It’s heaven.

Whoa. Although it’s 100F down in Palm Springs, there’s nonetheless loads of snow up right here on April 11, 2019.

Signage is rustic. And minimal. (Maintain your map and apps helpful.)

A few of that rustic signage is close to buried.

I knew I’d reached Spherical Valley after I bought to the lengthy drops. 🤔

I arrange the tent on the first clearing I discovered. Near the Ranger Station.

Although I’d not seen any animal tracks other than squirrel, I put my smellies in an Ursack. Bears are hungry within the Spring.

I cooked at 7:30pm. It was fairly darkish by 8pm.

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