Sunday, May 5, 2013

Day 12 - Pines to Palms 4/28

By Hedgehog

Start Mileage: 127.3
End Mileage: 151.9

Magic Man dropped us off at the dirt road he'd picked us up on a couple of days before then headed out to drop Purple and Carnivore (2 hikers ahead of us that needed a way to and from Kick Off - Magic Man provided them transport) back on the trail.

BooBoo and I were looking to do a 24 mile stretch to the next road - Hwy 74 also known as Pines to Palms Hwy.
It was going to be another hot day (90s) so we started early.

This was another stretch that had very little water. Thankfully a group of kind souls provides a water cache. BooBoo and I both took a liter of water to top off our capacity when we past it.

The terrain and the heat was definitely getting to me near the end of our hike. And then we ran out of water about 4 miles from Hwy 74. Luckily we knew Magic Man would be there to greet us.

About 2 miles from the end we were stopped by the first (live) rattlesnake we had come a across. It was lying about 6 inches off the trail with its head facing the trail. After pausing to  evaluate the situation (and take a picture) we ran around it wide right.

This deadly peril avoided we headed to the road. We found Magic Man giving hikers soda, providing a little about trail magic ehile he waited.  He took us and one of the other hikers to Paradise Cafe. A famous establishment on the trail. The milkshakes were delicious.

We headed back to our base in Idyllwild for the night. On our way we checked out were we would finish the next day.

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