Spent the morning packing and going to the grocery store. Our trail angel dropped us off at the road head by 11:30 and we were soon hiking. We looked down on the town of Big Bear,
We were able to get water from a seasonal stream that was flowing. Seems like being early this year in the dessert has advantages of still finding water in streams. Met a group of young folks who were hiking together. They all seemed excited about the journey they were on. Found a nice campsite in the woods surrounded by hooting owls.
Miles hiked 12
We were hiking by 5:30 this morning and the first light was already showing. The daylight is increasing. A loud piece of wood snapping brought our attention to what we think was a black bear running in the opposite direction. Today was an easy hike with no major uphills or down.
Miles hiked today 22
We are looking forward to this day. As this is the day we get to experience the hot springs, which we have heard so much about. We even decide that we should sleep in so when we are hiking along the creek we will not miss any views. The trail hugs the cliffs and the water is far below.
Miles hiked 18
Today started out doing a lot of contouring as we moved in and out of ravines. At one point we were hiking below a huge embankment. We had no idea that once we hiked up a hill that we would be above a huge recreational lake. This lake went on and on as we contoured around the perimeter.
Mileage hiked 25
With the wind still blowing, we break down camp and start down the trail about 5:15. Today is almost entirely up. Looks like we will be gaining over 5000 feet in the next 20 miles. There is a water cache which we are not depending on, but would top our containers if water was available in about 4 miles. When we arrive there is only about a half of liter left in one of the containers. It is good advice not to count on caches. Now the climb begins and we wind our way up the mountains.
Miles hiked 22