I learned some sad news: a PCT hiker died just north of my place. The exact location and identity of the hiker have not been released. More information is available at:
Gracie and I went out for a northbound out-and-back ride between storms. The PCT offers great views of San Jacinto to the north
and Toro and Santa Rosa Peaks to the east (visible in this picture on the far right side.)
Over the past couple days, I have met a half dozen hikers passing by my place who received the PCTA email and general notice asking them to quit hiking and get off trail in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. I don’t know what they will eventually decide to do (there are no options to get off trail from my place, so they would need to continue hiking at least until Highway 74), but everyone I spoke to was taking this request very seriously. Several offered that they had firmly decided to contact family when they had cell service again to start to make arrangements to get back home. A couple hikers from Germany I spoke with had the added problem of dealing with international travel in these days of cancelled flights and border restrictions.