One thing about the PCT: there isn't a lot of water. Carrying enough water from source to source is the biggest factor when planning the hike for the day. But there is a wonderful for of trail magic here known as the water cache.
Idylwilde is at a higher elevation. So as we headed up, the terrain changed and we were hiking into pine forests out of the desert.
I got a ride to town.
By now, Lauren, Wallaby, and I had become a hiking trio. The three of us got a cabin in Idylwilde and proceeded to do all the important town things you do: shower, laundry, re supply, eat ice cream. Idylwilde also has an outfitter, so I was able to pick up a new pair of socks.
The Hunger has not quite kicked in, yet. And this dry environment has us all craving fruit and veggies.so dinner that night was salad- hiker style!
Devil's Slide Trail was spectacular! It was a bit steeper than the gently graded PCT with spectacular views.
Once we rejoined thePCT, we continued on with beautiful views. The thing about a slightly steeper trail with gorgeous views you keep stopping to take in- progress slows. So the hike we thought would be done by 7 ended up taking until about 9. Hiking with headlamps, we finally made it to camp atop a 9000 ridge- very cold! But very beautiful.
Peace, love, and trail magic!