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Palm Springs to Paradise Cafe – day 6

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Journey report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles

One other incredible campsite. Nice climate once more.

Listed below are views trying up from my tent.

Majestic.

I’d been steadily descending from the snowy heights. Vegetation now altering quickly.

My solely well being fear was sizzling foot. Would I get blisters?

Simply in case I took off the footwear each hour or two.

I’ve used the identical pack for a lot of a yr – the tremendous mild frameless Granite Gear Virga 2.

The same Granite Gear Crown2 is the fifth hottest on the PCT. My subsequent pack can be a Hyperlite, the third hottest. It’s heavier however close to waterproof. And extra sturdy, I reckon.

Cactus.

Right here’s one of many major purpose folks purchase the Guthook app — to seek out off-trail water within the desert.

Although I handled this pipe water, it did look and odor nice in April.

Water is scarce. Researchers use watering holes to verify on the well being of mammals within the space.

Profitable within the desert are birds, snakes and lizards.

Down, down.

Into the timber.

Right here’s the place PCT hikers usually get their water. GIFTS from Path Angels.

I lastly reached the first highway. Would the mini-resupply I’d hung in a tree nonetheless be there?

YES!

I had sufficient meals for the ultimate 40 miles to Warner Springs. But I diverted one mile down the freeway to famed Paradise Cafe.

My camp gas was working low. I didn’t assume I may make it two extra days.

Sadly Paradise doesn’t promote camp gas. I returned to the path hoping my Jetboil Flash would run on fumes.

Again on the PCT, I made it one other couple of miles.

It seemed like wind and rain so I arrange my damaged tent excessive sufficient within the wash to keep away from flash flood.

As I feared, my range gas ran out earlier than I may boil water for dinner. 😞

___ day 7

Climate forecast for right now was for rain and really huge winds. Not good.

I began south. Stopped. Then circled and headed again in direction of Paradise.

Skipping the subsequent 40 miles meant lacking a lot of the desert wildflower bloom. Too dangerous.

Three causes for quitting on my meant route:

damaged tent
no range gas
climate forecast

The restaurant was packed. As normal.

I ended up seated with a vacationer couple from Philly. As they have been headed for Palm Springs I supplied to pay for breakfast in alternate for a raise to city.

My PCT week was over. After breakfast.

Regardless of glitches — I actually loved mountaineering southbound on the PCT throughout peak season. The spotlight was seeing lots of and talking with dozens of regular folks whom — for one purpose or one other — needed to attempt to hike from Mexico to Canada.

They’re inspiring.

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