Tree-Lined Trail to Warner Springs
Thursday, March 29, 2018 8:15 pm
Location: Warner Springs Community Center (109.5 miles)

Today was an unexpectedly lazy day for me, starting with the short half-mile walk to the Warner Springs Community Center, which seems a quite popular destination for hikers. Most of the hikers I’ve met in the last week have wound up here today.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 10:29 pm
Location: Warner Springs Beach (109.0 miles)

Yesterday was a bleak landscape of cactus, rocks, and dirt. Today was anything but. As I said the other day: turn the corner, and you’re in a completely different painting.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:51 pm
Location: Third Gate (91.2 miles)

With my tent properly set up, and a distinct lack of wind, I slept reasonably well last night. I was so tired from the long day, though, that I slept in a bit and didn’t leave camp until almost 8:45 am. And that late start was further delayed by an unexpected surprise: a water cache just a few tenths of a mile from where we camped, and earlier than the expected one under the CA-78 bridge at Scissors Crossing.

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Monday, March 26, 2018 8:43 pm
Location: Pipe Gate 75.6 (75.6 miles)

Last night was one of my most uncomfortable nights on the trail ever. I’m not entirely sure I actually got any sleep, as the continuous winds caused my tent to flap incessantly. It was very loud, and I couldn’t even stretch out comfortably because then the tent’s flapping around would cause it to hit my feet and head. Somehow, I managed at least a little rest, and around 5 am, the winds started to die down and I could “sleep” a little more comfortably.

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Desert
Sunday, March 25, 2018 4:43 pm
Location: Oriflamme Canyon (55.9 miles)

The word of the day is windy. Almost as soon as I left the Mount Laguna Lodge, the wind started, and it rarely let up all day. There were also a number of incredible views, often of the desert just to the east.

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