Days 24 to 26 (Miles 412 to 455)

We spent a large part of the past few days walking through the Station Fire burn area, dodging poodle dog bush and unsuccessfully looking for morels.

Poodle dog bush
Poodle dog bush

On Day 24, we walked about 19 miles to reach Messenger Flat Campground. Somewhere along the way, we came across two women out for a day hike. They asked if we were thru-hiking the PCT. When we said yes, they got really excited and started offering us a lot of food. We ended up with fresh blackberries, an apple, half a roast beef sandwich, and two bars of dark chocolate. This was especially wonderful because at some point, “hiker hunger” started to kick in and we were quickly running out of food.

We reached Messenger Flat around the same time as six other PCT hikers; all people we had met before. The campground had multiple “Closed to Public” signs, even though our app showed it as one of the only approved camping areas in the burn area. We collectively decided that PCT hikers are not “the public” and set up our tents there. After dinner Rob and I shared the chocolate bars with everyone. By about 7pm it got so cold, we all crawled in our tents.

Days 25 and 26 were lower mileage days. We hiked 14 miles to reach the Acton KOA, then 10 miles to reach Agua Dulce.

The KOA is very accommodating to hikers. And they sell ice cream!
This marks the locations where the trail was officially completed.
This marks the location where the trail was officially completed.

In Agua Dulce, we shopped and got deli sandwiches at the one grocery store in town. As we finished up our sandwiches, a guy approached us and asked if we wanted a ride up to Hiker Heaven. Turns out he’s in town for a few weeks – volunteering at the Saufley’s (the owners of Hiker Heaven).  It’s a pretty big effort to run the place. As soon as we got there, they gave us loaner clothes (so we could launder everything) and our own room in the hiker trailer. It’s been really amazing how friendly and incredibly generous people are towards hikers.

Crossing under the 14 freeway.
Crossing under the 14 freeway.
Vasquez Rocks
Vasquez Rocks

Hiker Heaven
Hiker Heaven
Lots of hikers at Hiker Heaven.
Lots of hikers at Hiker Heaven.

5 thoughts on “Days 24 to 26 (Miles 412 to 455)”

  1. It is noon in Minnesota. I am standing in line at Wells Fargo reading your latest entry. Isn’t that cool! Thanks for your posts.

  2. Awesome job. You seem to be cruising now. Keep it up, and remember to enjoy your hike first and always. That’s more important than making the miles. I look forward to possibly meeting you in Tahoe at Echo Lake if the timing works out with my century bike ride up theee or up at Castella or Old Station if you need a ride when you get into my neck of the woods.

    1. Thanks Mike- we’ve been cruising but also slowing down a little to visit both Hiker Heaven and Casa de Luna. It’s been good.

  3. You were in my ‘backyard’ yesterday! I drive the 14 often and have always wondered where the PCT crossed. I will be in on a small section of the PCT outside of Horseshoe Meadow on Memorial Day weekend, but you will be long past that. I appreciate your positive posts; they inspire me to do this when I retire (next year)!

    1. Nice! Yeah- the trail crosses right at Vasquez Rocks. You should do it! We’ve met quite a few recently retired hikers! 🙂

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