June 10 (7.9 PCT miles hiked) - "We Got Knocked Down": Going north from Horseshoe Meadows we climbed to 11,500 feet elevation. Snow covering the trail was the norm, which caused for an exhausting day. The conditions took their toll, but spectacular views all day helped!
April 23 (0 miles hiked): "First Zero Day": A wonderful day in Idyllwild, CA resting up, getting all my town tasks accomplished, consuming great food and beer, and enjoying my time with other hikers
April 11 (11.9 miles hikes) - "Mount Laguna and the Dumb Tentsite": It was a cold morning before reaching the small "town" of Mount Laguna. We had fun with our first resupply, ate at the Pine House Restaurant, and continued on the trail. Leaving town, we got stellar views and some strong winds...
April 9 (11.9 miles hiked) - Day 2: We snuck out undetected amongst our fellow hikers and in record setting pace made it down to Hauser Creek. Next up was making it to Lake Morena, but in the way appeared the creature we Stephens fear above all others...a snake!!!
April 8 (11.4 miles hiked) - Day 1: So much planning, thinking about, and waiting for this day...to get started on the trail! Day 1 of my 2019 PCT adventure! After breakfast, being carted to the trail, and a southern terminus photo shoot, I tapped the trailhead post with my trekking poles and we began!