This story is about another one of our dayhikes on a section of the Pacific Crest Trail, here in San Diego County. This particular section covers the trail from what is known as PCT mile 101 to mile 111 (i.e. from County Road S22 to the second crossing of State Route 79) near the town of Warner Springs. It was an easy ten-mile day, with only minimal elevation gain or loss. Being lazy, we chose the direction with a net loss in elevation (south to north), but it wouldn’t have mattered much, as it only gained about 500 feet the other way. This section of trail was much different than the others we’d hiked, because it never really entered the mountains at all. Instead, it wandered along over miles of rolling grassy pastureland.
We left our house before dawn and headed east. We took two cars, with our son giving us a ride; he helped by allowing us to leave our car at the terminus in Warner Springs. The actual hike started when we got dropped off at the S22 trailhead. By then it was light, but the air was cool, as we were down in a valley bottom where the cold air settles in the night. And the only way to get warm was to get moving. We posed next to the Pacific Crest Trail symbol and began hiking in earnest.
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