Date: April 24, 2017
Miles: Ended at 193.6
“I like being near the top of a mountain. One can’t get lost here.” ~ Wisława Szymborska
Today was fantastic. I slept horribly last night (I still haven’t figured out how to get a good night’s sleep in a tent, so I’m always a little sleep deprived out here) but I woke up feeling good and my legs and lungs were ready to climb the rest of the way from Little Round Meadow campground to the top of Mt. San Jacinto. This detour off of the PCT was worth it. The morning was clear and the views stretched for miles.
We made our way down the mountain, rejoined the PCT and headed down Fuller’s Ridge. We had heard a lot about snow covering the trail most of the way and that it would be difficult to do without microspikes, but the stretches of snow that we encountered were not a problem and we were able to pick our way down without using them.
As 5 pm rolled around and we reached the campsite for the evening, clouds started rolling over the ridge toward us and the wind became very insistent. I had my first-ever opportunity to set up a tent in a wind tunnel and it didn’t collapse on me, so I guess I did ok!