Day 13 – 4/26/15
Trailhead to Fuller Ridge
Miles – 16.3
Total Miles – 206.9 (PCT 190.5)
We woke this morning to clear skies. After all the rain yesterday, it was good to know that we would not have worry about getting wet. We started the long road walk up to Humber Park and the beginning of Devils Slide. It is never enjoyable to road walk, it hurts your feet! As we hiked up the 2000′ climb to the PCT, we saw that it had snowed last night at the higher elevations. Many of the trees were covered with snow. As the day went on, we soon found ourselves on a slushy trail with water and ice dripping on us. So much water was falling from the trees that we had to use our umbrellas to stay dry. Many of the trees were covered in solid masses of ice. Apparently last night’s rain had frozen on the trees into long icicles. Everyone’s feet were soaked. Joon did not like hiking in the wet slushy snow. 😦 😦 It was a bit dangerous walking under the trees as big chunks of ice fell.
As we moved up and across Mt San Jacinto, the clouds closed in and we hiked in fog for most of the day. Finally, late in the afternoon we broke out from the clouds and had some sun.
All day a helicopter was flying around. We run into a group of search and rescue people. Apparently yesterday a group of seven people day hiked up San Jacinto. On the way down they split into three groups, two groups of three people and one person by themselves. The lone person never made it down. With the cold weather, wind, and the freezing rain, that person was in a lot the trouble. Throughout the afternoon we past groups of searchers.
We have the biggest drop on the PCT tomorrow, a little more then 7000′ in 20 miles. There is no water the whole way down. We filled up at the last stream and we put an extra 4L of water on the outside of my pack. It was not riding well so I put it inside. About 10 minutes later I felt water dripping from my pack. I took it off and found that the water bag was leaking and it had gotten everything in my pack wet. I think it will all dry over night… or freeze.
We had a late dinner of hot dogs and hiked on to camp with our headlamps on. It was a long day.