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2007-04-25 Warner Springs

April 25th, 2007

Sleeping out was cool. The moon was only at half strength but it was really bright and even after it went below the horizon I could see things well enough to move around. Not that I did, I was tucked up and cozy in my sleeping bag. I got going at 6 and stopped as soon as I could to get rid of the thermals. It was another hot day and I got through a lot of water. Coming over the ridge and looking down into Hoover Canyon I could see green grass for the first time in a while. I’ve been in that horrible dry-brown stuff for too long but today it came back to life, I saw camp sites, picnic areas, places that people would actually want to go. It was another couple of hours before I reached it, passing Rachel and her sore feet on the way. At Barrel Springs I found a little encampment enjoying the shade and fresh water. I also found a bottle and chocolate bar from Steve, the trail angel I met at Scissors Crossing. A few hours in the shade there and then I set off across the undulating meadows and ridges, passing Eagle Rock (which looks so much like an eagle it’s amazing it’s natural) and into Canada Verde.

Eagle Rock

Lush green grass, thick shade. It would make a great camping spot. From there you pop out on to the highway 1.2 miles from Warner Springs Thermal Resort. Davy was camped just outside of ‘town’ and spotted my pack coming over the hill. I managed to get into the resort to have dinner and met up with a lot of people from the trail who convinced me to try the pool too. 110 miles of grime washed away and I soaked for an hour before returning to camp outside. I could have crashed in one of their rooms but it didn’t seem fair with Davy alone in the field outside and me not paying to be in the resort.

Location: near Warner Springs Resort

More photos of this day’s journey can be found at Campo to Warner

Distance today: 18.4 miles. Total distance: 108.6 miles

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5 Responses to “2007-04-25 Warner Springs”

  1. Greg Rose Says:

    That sounds great! I am loving reading your trip.

    Speaking of Hot Springs, you will be coming up to one in a week or so.

    Deep Creek!

    Deep Creek is on the backside of Big Bear, headed down to Landcaster, and it looks like the trail goes right by it.

    Like I said, the PCT goes right by it, so you can’t miss it.

    Very nice!

  2. Peter Says:

    Wow! Fantastic reading so far. Craig, did you manage to squeeze in a travel writing course before you left as well as all the other prep?

    Glad to hear you survived the first leg, what with snakes, freezing cold, blistering heat, exploding feet, cactus thorns and farting hikers… nice work :D

  3. Roger Says:

    Well Done Craig. We’re folowing your progress here and the Blue pins are starting to move up the map. I think that from your writing Style you’ll just be called “Bryson” over here from now on.

    Keep it up.

  4. carl Says:

    Not bad for a tenderfoot!

    Now I feel guilty about driving anywhere at all.

  5. Jen Says:

    Will I get into trouble if I say that my favourite part is the cactus thorns in your butt?