I’ve been obsessed with hiking the PCT for about a year. On the offhand chance 🙂 that I’d win the lotto I prepared for the 5 month 2,653 mile “thru hike” from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. I researched & bought all the gear, all the books & maps, read the blogs, watched youtube videos and immersed myself in thru hiker culture. But I didn’t win and therefore have to keep working. So I’m relegated to hiking small pieces of the PCT on weekends.
This time I chose a trailhead where the PCT crosses Bouquet Canyon Road. Cacher Vanichiro51 had very helpfully placed a string of PCT caches extending several miles both north and south of Bouquet Canyon Road. I parked in a small dirt lot, hung my Adventure Pass on the review mirror and walked a few feet to the south side trailhead. For PCT enthusiasts that’s: Section CA E2, mile 465.55. The trailhead cache is: P.C. Trail # 1 (GC2EF7J).
From the beginning the trail went gradually but relentlessly upward. The greenery was evidence of recent rains though there were no trail washouts or mud. Conditions were excellent throughout.
A cool breeze kept the 85 degree temperature from becoming uncomfortable. The Bouquet Reservoir, closed to the public, was visible for the early part of the hike.
I started finding caches with Don_J’s signature last on the log. I stamped underneath and left a memorial wooden nickel. Back at home I saw that there were online logs dated after Don’s finds. But those people didn’t sign the paper logs. Hmmm…
In addition to cache/hiking, I scout for “forest hikes” for my friend Christine (cacher sissopolis). I’m sorry to report that this hike definitely doesn’t qualify.
Finding caches every 600’ or so I arrived at a place where the soil abruptly changed from grey-brown to reddish. The vegetation became more dense at that spot.
Fortunately the caches were mostly very large containers, not too far off trail. But they were old and in various stages of decay.
This one was destroyed.
Just before the top of the last hill a forest of sorts appeared for a few hundred feet.
At the top the ‘forest’ ended in a wide plateau.
This is the view South from just beyond the sign on a dirt road. The town of Agua Dulce and Vasquez Rocks are in the middle. And the white line across the center is the 14 freeway.
I walked around for the best view, sat for a few minutes to enjoy it and hurried back down in order to reach my car before sundown.
The RT hike was 7.4 miles with 1,200’ elevation gain. Going up and searching for 15 caches, finding 12 took 3 hours. Coming back down and searching for & finding 2 caches took 1 hour & 20 minutes. Eventually I’m going back with an earlier start time to find the many caches along the dirt road at the top. Maybe I’ll start from the other (South) side.