We’re officially past the 10% mark!! Hiking quickly over Mt. San Jacinto from Idyllwild, we out ran a storm on Fuller Ridge where it briefly snowed (!) on us. Hikers behind us were caught in the storm and told stories of extreme wind and ice.
It took us five days to get to the ski town of Big Bear Lake from Idyllwild. At mile 252, we caught a hitch into Big Bear from Jan and Roger, an amazing couple who had three Great Danes with them (Hi Ginger!). Though we’ve hitch hiked several times already (sorry, Mom – it’s pretty much a mandatory aspect of thru hiking), Jan and Roger provided the best ride by far! They generously drove PAST their own home to shuttle us into Big Bear City, waited patiently while we collected our resupply box from the post office, and then gave us a tour of Big Bear Lake before dropping us off at our hostel! Despite hitch hiking’s bad rep, the folks who have picked us up have been the kindest, most generous people ever, and we are SO grateful for their support. THANK YOU, Jan and Roger!!!
We stayed in a hostel on Thursday night, and the next day, Papa Smurf and Mountain Mama (local trail angels) gave us a lift back to mile 252. We “slack-packed” 23 miles to mile 275, where we caught a ride back to the hostel. Slack-packing is when hikers carry day packs (only what they need for the day – usually just food and water), so instead of a 30 lb. pack you carry a 5 lb. pack. It’s amazing. You feel like you can run the trail.
Today we head out toward the town of Wrightwood!!