A happy backpacker is a right backpacker.
~Greg Alieo from “Motion” on LiveWell
PCT Section – Pine Creek Canyon to Cottonwood Creek
Well this day could have been hot, dry, brown, extremely windy and very unpleasant, but today was quite the contrary. Thru-hikers usually travel this area at the end of May or first of June when conditions are harsh and extreme. Today the temps were cool with intermittent cloud cover and desert wildflowers blanketed the ground.
SO that’s the good stuff. What I really want to express is the shear insanity of the routing of this section of trail. Two thirds of day was spent hiking on or beside open, underground, or above ground Los Angeles aqueduct water way!! All this water with NO WATER ACCESS for miles and miles. Crazy spaghetti. My personal favorite is when the hiker could hear the babbling water, but could not see it. That is all I have to say about that.
Leaving with a pleasant note…it was great to have a pack on, feel open spaces, and just take one step at a time. I am so looking forward to tomorrow. Thank you all for reading.
Gear Fav: My new SCALA cowboy hat. It kept me very protected, stayed stiff in the wind, and felt light and comfortable.
Walking along above ground aqueduct pipe with Tehachapi Mountains in back