The first entry in 2022.
Out with the old and in with the new. I replaced my 2021 hiker register with a new one. The prompt for this year is: “What have you learned on your journey so far?” There are a couple innovations for this year: I am trying out using a physically-smaller journal for the register, so that I can swap one out for a new one if it gets soaked and it becomes hard to write new entries without the ink smearing. (I bought four identical journals; hopefully, that will be enough.) More importantly, I am coordinating with another trail angel to place a similar hiker register/journal near Bridge of the Gods, to compare what hikers learn in the 2,000+/- miles of hiking through the remainder of California and Oregon. I’ll supply the link for contributions to that second register once I have it.
The last entries of 2021.
It’s not quite officially winter, but the Anza area received its first dusting of snow on December 14.
San Jacinto has a light coat of white
and the trail has about 1/2 inch of a snowy ice mixture on north-facing slopes.
It’s been a while. Here are all the pages that have been filled up since early June.
Here’s a guest post from Michael Lewis, President of Redshank Riders, the local unit of Backcountry Horsemen of California. Mike served as one of the packers assisting in removal of the rockslide at PCT mile 172.5. This article by Mike appeared in the August issue of “Tails from the Trails,” the monthly newsletter for Redshank Riders.
The boulder that has been blocking the PCT for over two years between Antsell and South Peaks at mile 172.5 has been removed. The area is still considered questionable for equestrians. See https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/closures/southern-california/rock-slide-antsell-peak-south-peak/ for more info.