PCT Laguna Mountain April 2012

Vicki and I decided to get into the new hiking season with a relatively simple overnight backpacking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) just east of San Diego in the Laguna Mountains. We’d just bought a new two-person goose down sleeping bag (the King Solomon bag from the Big Agnes company, which was designed to work perfectly with the two Big Agnes inflatable sleeping pads we already had) and, let’s face it, the hiking part of the weekend was really just a method of getting our sleeping bag far enough into the wilderness to do some serious work on our sleeping skills.

We enlisted our son’s aid in order to leave our car at Pioneer Mail picnic area on Highway S1 (the end of the hike) while getting dropped off at Mason Valley Road on Highway 79 in Cuyamaca, CA, just north of Lake Cuyamaca. We would be hiking south on the PCT, camping somewhere in the middle. In fact, along the way we cached two gallons of water in some bushes just off the highway, somewhere near our proposed camping spot.

The view from our campsite above the Pacific Crest Trail in the Laguna Mountains

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