I know I say this most days, but this was one of my favorite days on the PCT. Absolutely gorgeous climb from Cajon Pass (mile 342) into the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California.
|Morning shadows, mountains ahead.|
|Rounding the corner to see snow-capped mountain peaks. Yay!|
My legs just kept going and going (though of course I stopped every few hours to eat). I didn't know how it would be climbing this much, but it felt awesome and I've never felt so strong.
I stopped in a grove of huge trees with a view of the mountains and sunset. Finally saw my first people of the day pass by on their way to get water at the spring less than a mile away. Thought I'd camp here though, rather than the spring, since I still have enough water and I like the big gnarled tree nearby.
The low point of the day was having to dodge the poodle dog bush for a mile or so- it's like poison ivy only taller. But on a good day like today, even doing gymnastics to avoid the dreaded poodle dog bush isn't that bad.
|Dreaded poodle dog bush.|