PCT Day 2... A Chilly Hike in the Desert


Planning for the PCT, I was expecting the desert to be hot dry and with some rain. Today it rained from 9am to 4pm, with a high of only 55 degrees. The weather forecast for tonight is rain and snow with a wind chill of 24 degrees.

I began my day around 5:30 am.  I was the first person to head out of camp. I passed some workers replacing power lines.  It was super cool as they had a helicopter flying in supplies over from the staging area.

After watching them for a while, it started to rain and I kept hiking.  There was not much else to do but keep going. The challenge is once you stop, you get really cold, really fast. I did stop twice today once for lunch and once to dig a cat hole.


 I ended the day in a town called Laguna where I debated going on, but instead got a hamburger and tried to warm up. There, I ran into John and a few other hikers that I saw throughout the day. John and I decided to split a campsite at the state park. We set up our tents and hit the sack early as much more rain is expected over night.

Today was a challenging day due to the rain, the cold temperatures, and the strong winds. As long as I can stay somewhat dry I will be okay.


Miles Hiked: 21.5 miles

Latitude: 32.98174; Longitude: -116.52306

Morena Lake to Mount Laguna

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