My work schedule the past couple weeks had prevented me from posting the latest from our hikers on the PCT. I also wanted to mention the fact that I've neglected to mention that once on the trail, one is dubbed with a trail hiker "name". Amy, whose trail name is "Legs" was given due to her ability to set the hiking pace for the other hikers in her group. Allan, has been dubbed "Powerhouse" because he packs all the necessary "solar" equipment to keep everyones electronics energized. Hiking pal Austin's trail name is Treble. Perhaps it's because he's always snagging his gear on brush along the trail? lol. Anywho, my last post had them descending from the Angeles National forest mountains with my last pic being that of the Los Angeles basin. At that point they were at approximately 373 miles into the trail. Since then, they've reached mile 400...
Time for a quick stop and photo at Grassy Hollow.
Leaving the North Fork Ranger station at Agua Dulce, CA.
Just north of Vasquez Rocks state park, our hikers find "Hiker's Haven". A hiker's retreat created by The Saufley's that provides clean clothes, shelter, internet, and all the comforts of home. Here, "Legs" is pictured with Hiker Haven owner Donna Saufley.
"She is the BEST trail angel"
Here are a few of the many amenities they provide...
After our hikers left the retreat of Hiker's Haven, they continued on to the point where they were to cross an 80 mile stretch of the Mojave desert. Determining the daytime temps were to hot to hike in, they decided to hike by night and try to find shade to sleep in the day. This proved to be a good move, but made for a tough time sleeping. Very few pictures were taken.
Friends of the night greet them along the winding trail.