Start – Wrightwood Mile 369. 9:40 am
End – Little Jimmy Camp. Mile 384 6:00 pm
Most of the folks I bunked with left at 6:00 am but I had a couple more chores to do today so I had to stick around town until the hardware store and post office opened around 8:30.
After resisting dropping gear to reduce my pack weight for weeks, I finally gave in and shipped a couple items home which seemed to have dropped my weight by two pounds. I also bought some supportive inserts for my shoes to help with my arch and Achilles issues.
After taking care of that I hitched a ride with a guy named Pat back to the trail. Pat is from texas and Louisiana but moved to Wrightwood to start a cannabis dispensary. He also backpacked in the Himalayas for four months a couple years back. After he dropped me off he took another hiker back into town and I hiked the 4.5 miles to Mount Baden Powell only to find Pat heading out on his own hike up the mountain with his stereo blasting trashy dance music. So I’m giving him some time to get ahead so that I don’t have to listen to his playlist the entire way.
(Inspiration Point Overlook).
The hike up the mountain is giving yesterday a run for its money in terms of difficult hikes. I stopped for lunch about a mile from the summit just to rest a bit before making the final push to the peak.
It’s definitely worth the effort. I got to the peak around 2:30pm and had the place to myself for about 20 minutes, just sitting up here with views in every direction. Couldn’t see LA though as the cloud cover was too thick. But I did have an LA experience while sitting at the peak as a glider came up overhead and buzzed the peak for 5 minutes. I don’t think that happens in many other parts of the country. It was actually nice and quiet so I didn’t really mind.
After the peak I just hiked down about six miles to an established trail camp called “Little Jimmy”, which has bathrooms that rival the one in Trainspotting for worst ever, but the rest of the camp was nice.
My friend Alex who lives in LA is going to try to meet up with me on Sunday morning. I’m currently about an hours drive from his place so my goal tomorrow is to hold a reasonable distance but not overshoot a place where we could connect.