36 feet up
259 feet down
Walker Pass Campground
Total Miles Hiked
Hours Spent Hiking
The Best Part?
🌟Seeing my love
What Did I Learn?
👉Don’t panic, everything will be fine.
April 30, 2023
PCT Trail Journal: Day 19 Walker Pass to Walker Pass Campground
Day 19 started out with a great morning with my significant other. We chilled, ate the leftover fried chicken in bed, and I got my gear ready. We also had an outrageously priced breakfast at the hotel.
I wanted to slim down my pack a bit. Here are the things I got rid of:
– Extra bags (for my sleeping bag liner, etc)
– Sun umbrella
– Bluetooth keyboard
– Extra socks
I repacked my food because it just seemed like so much food (bars, electrolytes, snacks). Later I realized I didn’t pack nearly enough! It was a rough hungry week. Just thinking about this week makes me want to go eat something.
We met Cindy, the trail angel, at a gas station at 1:30 and hit the road. This is when I met Dan and Majka for the first time. Little did I know we would hike together for weeks 🌞.
Cindy has lived in this area forever and told us a lot about the area, landscape, and flowers. We drove through all kinds of different landscapes, including areas with huge Joshua Tree forests, and saw a gazillion wildflowers. It was a beautiful drive!
The drive took around 3.5 hours and cost $110. I’m glad I got a ride up. A lot ofmy trail friends texted about how crappy the snow was. I’m glad I flipped up and didn’t try to tough it out.
After so Many Rest Days I Had to Remember How to Hike Again
We took some photos with Cindy and I had to remember how to hike. Lol. I went to put on my shoes and then was like oh yeah, I need to put on my gaiters first.
The short hike to the campground felt good. I kept thinking what a nice trail and beautiful landscape. The Walker Pass BLM campground was small with a pit toilet.
When setting up camp, I noticed water in my backpack. 👀 There were 2 small punctures. I cleaned them with alcohol wipes and then put the tenacious tape on them. I tested them overnight and the tape held.
As a backup, I grabbed 4 small bottles from the water cache as my backup. I was feeling negative about all these things happening in the first 30 min of being back on the trail.
I handled it well. I didn’t panic. I thought of options. I ate because I was hungry. Then I worked on positive thoughts. Tomorrow is going to be much better!
Despite the challenges it was good to be back on the trail 💛.
Turns out this was the beginning of my worst week of the entire trail. There was a lot of suffering but I learned a lot. And I laughed A LOT when I reread this trail journal.
✨3 Things I’m Grateful For
1. My SO
2. Cindy for giving me a ride
3. Being back on trail
✨3 Things I’m Excited About
1. Hiking this section. I feel alone. I’m def out of the bubble.
2. Being up in the mountains
3. Hiking again!
🌟How Was Today? Did I enjoy it?
Pretty good day. I was a little stressed in the morning about my food and overpacking. It was great to see my SO. I’m up at Walker Pass avoiding the snow. So that’s great!
⛺How Was My Gear?
Platypus 3L water bladder has 2 punctures. Maybe I put it on something sharp in the trail angel’s truck bed? I taped it with tenacious tape and it is holding.
💪How did my Body Feel?
Nothing was hurting 🙂.
🍴How was my food situation?
Still think I may have overpacked. Let’s see how these days go. (Turns out I underpacked for this section and was rationing food 🥲).
🤔What did I learn and how will I action it?
It’s good to be flexible and not worry a ton. Everything will work out and be fine!