A last lazy morning in Idyllwild, got up around 6.30am. Cleaned up the house, returned keys and started walking at 8am at 5300 feet.
We reached the trail head for the Devil’s Slide Trail head at 9am and started as a team of four (Cactass, Johanna, Addison and myself) climbing towards the PCT junction at 8000 feet.
At 1030am we were finally back on trail, heading towards the peak of Mt San Jacinto.
We made the peak at 10800 feet at around 230pm. Today was a day measured by altitude gained (5500 feet/1600m) and not miles… The last few hundred feet were not easy for me – felt the altitude and a cold I catched during the last days.
Met Paulina, Gandalf, Baby Blanket, Happy just below the peak, they took off shortly after.
We continued to hike to mile 186 to get water – next reliable water would just be in another 20 miles.
We camped shortly after at mile 187 around 7pm. Quick dinner… Lots of photos of the beautiful sunset…