CALIFORNIA - May 18, 19
After so much climbing the past couple of days, today was all about the descent. A 20 mile, nearly 8,000 foot descent to be exact. I was very glad to have my new Western Mountaineering ultralite sleeping bag last night, and was fortunately able to keep warm a after the crazy hail storm. In the morning it was still pretty chilly but we all knew that wouldn't last long.
Switchback after switchback the whole day was spent slowly erasing all the elevation we had gained from the days before. We started the day near mile 190.5 walking through snow, and at our first water stop at mile 206, it was already 96 degrees in the shade.
We pushed on another 5 miles to make it to Ziggy and The Bears, an elderly couple who live right off the trail and host hikers at their house. This oasis in the desert, makes these two trail angles one of the most popular stops on trail. As I signed their register I noticed I was hiker #1318, for just this year alone!!!
Tomorrow we will take a shuttle around a section of trail that's closed this year due to a past forest fire. The Rangers originally thought the trail would be open in time for the hiking seaason but i guess the area is still to fragile, so we'll be dropped off near Big Bear Lake in time for a quick resupply and then back to the trail.
Catch you all later,