Silverwood Lake to Mile 352 above Lone Pine Canyon
Well this is a new PCT experience for me. I should start with a little of my PCT walking history. Most of my PCT hiking has been solo and not in sync with the main group of hikers called the pack that start at the end of April from the ADZPCTKO. I have either been way behind or way ahead = lots of days of seeing no one and camping alone. Not so on this little leg. Just about an hour ago Dan and I found a great spot to camp on the fire road at the beginning of the Poodle-dog detour. Guess what? In 1 1/2 hours literally 20 tents have surrounded us…CLOSE like within a foot and this is a big space we are at. Apparently Dan and I know how to pick a spot!? :) My favorite: a man cowboy camping right next to Dan’s side of the tent! The pic at the bottom was taken before many came in after dark and I lost light to take another shot. Very unusual but a fun experience.
We were lucky to hit this area at it’s peak blooming time and the trail was well designed (getting to where it should go quickly). The trail dropped to the freeway where the hiker must tank up on water at the local McDonald’s. After it is a 22 mile climb without water. It was interesting passing under the freeway and train tracks, the Mormon Rocks, and we even had an unexpected water cache complete with chairs and soda. Today we were expecting torture, but ended up loving every minute.