Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 19: Ah Live Oak Spring

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 – 10.30 miles

I walked to Paradise Valley Cafe this morning, ate a hamburger and picked up my resupply box. A woman gave me $20 and a pat on the head. I’ve never been patted on the head before, but I’m down for it since it involves no hand contact. Just never pat a hiker’s head if it involves touching their hair, you don’t want that experience.

I left around 1:30 PM. A trail/old road connects the cafe to the PCT beneath the telephone lines just before the highway.

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The rest of the day was climbing, climbing, climbing. Beautiful views.

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When the wind began picking up, I checked the weather forecast and saw that a large amount of precipitation is forecast for Idyllwild on Friday. Hopefully that will change, since it will be snow in the mountains. There was also a wind advisory, and the torrent became increasingly alarming as I continued up the trail.

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I considered camping in the canyon at Live Oak Spring, but it’s one mile off the PCT with 500 ft of elevation loss, and I’m hoping to encounter snowmelt before I have to leave the PCT for one of the off-trail sources. In retrospect I should have just gone, but while encountering increasingly good views I did find a sheltered campsite.

It’s cold up here. Ah Live Oak Spring…

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