Palm Springs to Paradise Cafe – day 6

Journey report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles

One other incredible campsite. Nice climate once more.

Listed below are views wanting up from my tent.


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 sneakers each hour or two.

I’ve used the identical pack for a lot of a 12 months – the tremendous mild frameless Granite Gear Virga 2.

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


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

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

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

Profitable within the desert are birds, snakes and lizards.

Down, down.

Into the bushes.

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?


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 gasoline was operating low. I didn’t assume I might make it two extra days.

Sadly Paradise doesn’t promote camp gasoline. 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 appeared 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 gasoline ran out earlier than I might boil water for dinner. 😞

___ day 7

Climate forecast for as we speak was for rain and really large winds. Not good.

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

Skipping the subsequent 40 miles meant lacking many of the desert wildflower bloom. Too unhealthy.

Three causes for quitting on my meant route:

damaged tent
no range gasoline
climate forecast

The restaurant was packed. As common.

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 carry to city.

My PCT week was over. After breakfast.

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

They’re inspiring.

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