Pacific Crest Trail
Broke camp early, before 7:30am, as we were cold and wanted to get moving. Skipped hot breakfast in order to get going sooner. You know it's cold when Cody looks miserable.
Plenty of elevation change up and down ridges today, but the PCT is well-graded and mostly avoids the worst of the exposure. Three extended climbs and their attending downhills were actually didn't feel bad at all, and a pleasant stop at the now-closed Coon Creek camp was kind of cool. Polished off pretty much the last of our food at lunch-- dry ramen-- then we kept moving.
Only hiccups came near the end of the hike. We thought we'd parked at PCT Mile 250, but turns out it was actually Mile 252. 12 miles instead of 10 as a result for the day-- not a big deal. That and the zoo around Mile 250 freaked Cody out-- he could smell the bear at the zoo-- and we had to drag him along til he could no longer smell the bear.
Final tally, PCT Mile 209.6 to PCT Mile 252.1, 42.7 miles on the PCT. GPS logged a bit less once the track was cleaned up, and I think a bit more originally due to all the bushwhacking we did the second day. Went from ~1,400 feet to 8,700 feet at the highest point, ended around 8,350 feet.
t'was definitely good to get back out on the trail!
Side notes: got off the mountain, wolfed down a quick meal at The Fat Greek in Yucaipa, and headed home. Realized how friggin' filthy we were once we returned to civilization-- especially the second night, when we had zero desire to clean ourselves up in a frigid spring.
Managed to stop by Kuan's in Montebello for an early dinner too. Not sure what the hype is about, the beef noodle soup and xiao long bao were undistinguished at best.