PCT at Mexican Border Late June?
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Edward Zwibel
(YetiEddie) - MLife

Locale: Sunny San Diego
PCT at Mexican Border Late June? on 05/28/2011 22:26:17 MDT Print View

Is this too late to hit this up? Got a buy-off from the wife for a solo three day north from the Mexican border but I'm worried it's too late / hot / dry.... Should it be a concern? Only looking to go north for two nights. Suggestions? Thanks and sorry if this is the wrong section to post this question. Moderator mercy please.

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(asandh) - F
Re: PCT at Mexican Border Late June? on 05/28/2011 23:16:55 MDT Print View

by "two nights" how many miles do you mean?

the first 20 miles has very little water.
at mile 20, Lake Morena has water and a place to camp.

unless you absolutely Must start from the border, I would start at mile 20, Lake Morena, or mile 26, Boulder Oaks Campground, and head north from there for 2-3 days. The 35 miles north of Boulder Oaks is very nice and slighlty higher elevation, with a few more water sources.

also, what kind of experience are you looking for, how remote, etc.
Lake Morena actually has a small town next to it.

Edited by asandh on 05/28/2011 23:22:15 MDT.

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(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: PCT at Mexican Border Late June? on 05/29/2011 07:16:40 MDT Print View

Keep an eye on the PCT water report. The seasonal springs have run for a surprisingly long time this year and we're getting more rain right now.

Edward Zwibel
(YetiEddie) - MLife

Locale: Sunny San Diego
Questions on 05/29/2011 18:24:18 MDT Print View

The experience I'm going for is dawn to dusk hiking. Goal of 15-20 per day. (ambitious in my current condition but hell, why not...) just looking to get away, put one foot infront ofthe other and go till I can't. Don't want to hump a gallon or did of thirst either though....

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(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: PCT at Mexican Border Late June? on 05/29/2011 19:54:24 MDT Print View

You might consider Lake Morena to Pioneer Mail Picnic Area (30 miles). There's water in both areas. Cut across the highway to Pine Mountain Trail to Indian Creek Trail to Noble Canyon Trail and back to the highway. There may be water along Indian Creek Trail, and there will be water again near the highway.

I'll probably be hiking in this area around the same time as you. Look for the ULA pack.