After our short day (not really a near-o) following Paradise Valley Cafe, we woke up at 4am because we had a huge day ahead of us. We needed to complete the 18-mile bypass around a wildfire that has had the trail closed since 2013.
written May 3, 2017 @ 03:15 AM after hiking 24.00 miles
The good news is that we saw a spectacular sunrise over Palm Springs from the ridge.
After that, we had a very long, very tedious, multiple-mile road walk to get to the spur trail that would take us into Idyllwild.
Thankfully, it led us past a market, where I bought (and ate) a pint of ice cream. In the 95°F heat, it was amazing.
On the way into town, we walked past a taco shop and naturally had to stop. It, like all other food in my life that isn't dehydrated, hit the spot.
Eventually, we reached Idyllwild, where a bunch of us split a cabin and had our first real showers of the trail. That poor shower had no idea what was coming and I'm sure it's still stained black.
Despite having 9 young adults in close of proximity, with two six-packs in the fridge, when Hiker Midnight (9pm) rolled around, everyone was too tired to do anything except crawl into bed and fall asleep.