This is where a John Muir quote about returning to nature goes right? For me backpacking is a combination of exploring, physical effort, and getting away from routine. At its best it can be reflective at its hardest it can challenge you.
In 2018 I begin to gear up for the Pacific Crest Trail. It was very ambitious. 2600+ miles, months of hiking. After a few hundred miles and some injuries I figured out wasnt gonna complete it that year. Its a admirable goal and impressive trek for those that do it. Instead I focused on the shorter trips I most want to do, including sections of the PCT.
So far in 2019.
The Trans-Catalina Trail from Avalon out to Parsons and back to Avalon.
View approaching Black Jack campground.
There are a few small lakes on the island.
Stopped by the airport cafe for a meal.
Did a extra 10 mile loop to Silver peak. Almost stepped on a rattlesnake. View south across the island.
PCT California Sections - A & B
209 miles from the southern terminus at the US/Mexico Border to I-10.
Monument at the southern terminus.
Big views climbing out of scissor crossing.
Classic Eagle Rock
Hiking along the ridge up to San Jacinto.
Sunset from San Jacinto.