For Hikers

I maintain a year-round water cache on my private property about 50 feet west of the PCT at mile 145.37, about half way between the two PCT/Table Mountain Truck Trail crossings. I installed a 550 gallon water tank, which I monitor weekly and refill as needed. Hikers should filter the water in the tank before drinking.

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During the northbound thru hiker season (roughly, March 1 through June 15), I offer additional amenities: an outhouse and shower, a trash can, picnic tables, shade, and a small library. I print up two different postcards, one about the Anza area and one about my little library, and give them away. They are in a container on the bottom shelf of the library.

I allow camping on my property near the picnic tables. Unlike some other trail angels who host hikers, there is no regular “food service,” although, I do occasionally leave out goodies like fresh fruit and iced lemonade.

I’m about 6.5 miles south of the Highway 74 crossing, so my place sees a fair number of day hikers coming up from the parking area there.

Since 2013, I’ve hosted a hiker barbecue (dubbed “Celebrate Anza”) at the height of the northbound thru hiker season. Originally timed for the Saturday after Kick-Off, with ADZPCTO (sadly) a thing of the past, Celebrate Anza is now tied to a different event: Mother’s Day. (See this post to understand why.) Celebrate Anza occurs on the Saturday (rain date: Sunday) of the weekend preceding the Mother’s Day weekend. In 2019,  Celebrate Anza will happen on May 4. All hikers who wander by are invited, as are any guests with an interest in the PCT in Southern California. The menu varies, but I always have lots of hotdogs and hamburgers, chips, and fresh fruit for that event.

Sorry, but I don’t accept packages for hikers.