Mile 77- back to burnt skin and cactus and panoramic views for daaaays 😍😍😍 every morning I wake up thinking "I'm going to crush this" and every night I collapse on the ground and can barely pull my legs down into my sleeping bag once I stumble around enough to get my tent set up, but it is so so worth it!
Currently sleeping under a bridge (yes hobo style) with a bunch of other hikers at a water cache (scissors crossing). The desert is kicking my ass and im so happy to be here.
4 hours ago134
The final night on trail, a calm stillness permeated the air. A thin veil of smog lay in valley below. As the sun set, coyotes yipped in the distance, breaking the silence. As I sat and watched the San Gabriels fade to dark, I felt the fleeting freedom beginning to leave. It was time to go. To return once again with a new appreciation for this place.
Day 10 - PCT mile 151.8: We made it to Paradise Valley Cafe just in time for dinner and stuffed our faces before waddling back to the trail to sleep. Pictured is the José burger with sweet potato fries (and allllll the mayo)! #foodporn
6 hours ago444
Day 10 - PCT mile 140: The desert heat was back full force today and it was a hot slog from water to water with a 20.4 mile day as a target.
Every day we see more and more cacti coming into bloom, some very welcome colour amongst the neutral tones of the desert!
6 hours ago344
Meet the Mayor of Idyllwild, and yes he does wear a tie to work.
Raise your hand if you are hiking on the PCT this year. 🖐😎
@nickontheroad - "PCT Day 1: Southern Terminus to Hauser Creek. Summed up: Blisters and Bliss.
The first day in all it's glory is online now, check it out at nickbelcaster.com"
It begins...a most epic PCT road trip in the name of research for my guide book, Moon Drive and Hike: Pacific Crest Trail (publish date 2020)! Join me as I explore the best day hikes, scenic drives, campgrounds, restaurants, breweries, and fun stuff to do in the mountains and towns along the Pacific Crest Trail!
Day 7: Mile 109/Warner Springs.
Last year it took me 9 days to make it here. I’m feeling super good about my speed, mileage and my body. This bucket shower at Warner Springs last year was my favorite. Last night we cowboy camped under Eagle Rock and fell asleep looking at the star filled sky. It was a long 24 Mile day so I was happy to eat 2 packets of ramen, some Oreos and a package of gummy bears. We did 3 miles into town today and I’m currently hanging out in loaner clothes and taking the rest of the day to let my feet rest for the trek into Idyllwild. #pctig#pcta#pacificcresttrail#thetrek#whereverlitetakesyou#mynextadventure
12 hours ago13834
Done! All my food is ready for the Pacific Crest Trail. Basically, just gear left to finalize, and then I'm on my way!
If you're interested in watched me scramble around at 16x speed putting all these boxes together over the last couple of months, I made a video of the process you can find on my YouTube. Always have felt if I can do it now to make my life easier later then I should, which I believe is the embodiment of these boxes.
Its been fun, but I think I'm ready to start walking now. #pacificcresttrail#maildrop#resupply
12 hours ago29591
Patellofemeral pain sydrome, also know as "oww, oww, my knee," is no joke. Had to jump off trail and into Alpine, CA to see a doc, but the diagnosis is looking good. Got a steroid shot and going to take a few days off it until hitting the trail again. Can't wait to get back! Blog post link in the bio.
13 hours ago1164
7 days of hiking and 115 miles (185 km) later, my little vacation on the Pacific Crest Trail is over. Whitewater Preserve to Cajon Pass. What a wonderful week! So happy to have met some awesome new people and have experienced some more miles on my favorite trail. Best wishes for class of 2018, I can’t wait to follow along...and even more, I already can’t wait to go back and see more for myself! #dreams#hikerlife#hikeon#pct#myhappyplace P.S. This video was longer but instagram cut it off, check fb for the full thing :)
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14 hours ago248
Sunset. No more words required
14 hours ago251
Water caches bring people together ✌🏻 This day we were at 143 miles and playing water roulette 🤷🏼♀️
Day 4 update: We are currently resting up in a hotel room in the suburbs of San Diego. Nick’s knee is feeling better after a steroid shot and a good brace. Doctor at the urgent care clinic said we can get back out there in 2-3 days! Today we’re going to run some errands and maybe resupply for the next few days on trail. Hoping to start hiking again on Monday! I’m also trying to post my first YouTube video from the trail but it’s taking forever to upload. Stay tuned I guess! 📷- @nickontheroad
Climbing 10,000ft, descending 9,000ft. Hiking in 86 degree weather with minimal water. Sleeping in 25 degree weather(windchill 10). Hiking and sleeping in 50mph wind gusts. Coming across mating rattlesnakes on trail. Listening to coyotes at night. Endless foot pain. Uncomfortable 85% of the time. Smiling everyday. This is a life outdoors. This is life on the PCT. I’ve only reached 280 miles and I cannot wait for what the rest of this journey holds. #thankful
17 hours ago70146
"We are hiking to Walker Pass and then that's it for us as we've hiked the rest of the trail over the years. The desert is different than Washington that's for sure." -
♢#humansofthepct ♢ •
From #Mazama , Washington. Dog On and Extra Credit are out this year to finish the last section of the #PCT . •
Southern Californian, the 650 miles from the border to Walker Pass is all they have left. •
They have volunteered on the PCT up in Washington for years and are looking forward to finishing the trail •
And to top it off, they offered to bring us out mailed packages from Mazama to the trail if we needed! Trail Angels who are hiking as well, what a treat •
A thru hike may never have been in the plan for them but that is ok. Again we have our own schedules out there, our own goals and its our hike. •
They mentioned due to other commitments it took them a little time to finally get to finishing the trail. Alas, they like many others have enjoyed the desert but at the same time miss the access to fresh water in the PNW. •
In addition we helped describe what poodle dog bush is, how to identify the plant and calm their nerves that the plants they'd passed were not. •
Photo taken on 4/7/18 after the last Deep Creek Crossing on the PCT...yup we had to get them some stickers too! •
Wishing them #happytrails and hope to see them up in Washington •
17 hours ago6130
Day 7 video: PCT Jawbone to Kennedy Meadows
Forget the perty scenery, I am obsessed with food 😂😂😂
17 hours ago1030
Tag 20! Wir sind heute wieder nur 10 Meilen gelaufen. Ich habe die letzten Tage zu wenig gegessen, bzw nicht genug Kalorien. Das hat sich heute bemerkbar gemacht und der berüchtigte Hiker Hunger ist eingetreten. Man hat nur noch Hunger und denkt auch nur noch an Essen. Wenn ich was gegessen habe, hat es nicht lange gedauert und ich habe schon wieder Hunger. Also gibt es jetzt Müsli mit Nutella zum Frühstück. Ein Löffel davon, ein Löffel davon ☺️ In der nächsten Stadt muss ich meine Nahrungsstrategie überarbeiten. Sonst nehme ich Zuviel ab. Mehr Kalorien und Proteine müssen her! #pct#pct2018#pctig#hikerhunger#ichmussmehressen
17 hours ago520
Tag 19! Jetzt bin ich nun schon die dritte Woche hier! Viele sagen, die ersten drei Wochen sind die härtesten, bisher kann ich das bestätigen. Anfangs war es wirklich sehr hart. Aber es wird immer besser! Man gewöhnt sich an das Leben auf dem Trail, findet so langsam eine Routine und merkt wie die Füße und Beine stärker werden und Muskeln aufbauen. Der kleine Campingplatz mitten in der Wüste war so schön, das wir nicht gleich früh los sind. Wir haben die Sonne und den Schutz vor dem Wind genoßen. Und unsere Schlafsäcke könnten in der Sonne lüften und trocknen. Gegen 13 Uhr ging es dann weiter. Immer am Whitewater Creek (Fluß) entlang, den wir immer wieder kreuzten. Das war super, weil wir so wenig Wasser tragen mussten und am Fluß viele Bäume waschen die Schatten spenden. 12 Meilen sind wir gelaufen und haben dann einen Platz am Wasser zum Campen gefunden. #pct#pct2018#pctig#whitewaterreserve#oase#sonne#sun
17 hours ago024
Completely surreal that it’s a year today since setting off from the Southern Terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail in the hope of reaching Canada, alongside strangers who became the greatest of friends. Although there was and still is so much to process, the decision to move on after three months on trail, in an insane year, is still something that thankfully holds only contentment and no regret. That doesn’t mean though that the trail, it’s people and experiences aren’t constant companions, influences and inspirations in so much of everything since and to come. 🙏🏻 // 📷: @twerkinthedirt
17 hours ago8150
Tag 18! Der Abstieg von Mount San Jancinto ging weiter! Ein paar Meilen zuvor ist man noch im Wald und plötzlich wieder in der Wüste! Und es war soooo windig. Man denkt es könnte nicht mehr windiger werden, aber wird es! Nachdem Abstieg ging es 3 Meilen durch Sand mit Wind frontal von vorne. Ich war total am Ende danach und meine Brille musste auch leiden. Sie hat vom Sand im Wind ein nettes Peeling verpasst bekommen. Naja, lieber die Brille als meine Augen 😜 Danach wartete unter dem Highway Windstille und Trailmagic. Nachdem wir uns gekräftigt hatten ging es noch ein paar Meilen weiter bis zum Whitewater Reserve. Einer kleinen Oase 🏝 an einem Fluß mitten in der Wüste. #pct#pctig#pct2018#thruhike#wind#windy
Trail magic. The long-distance hiking community restores your faith in people. We know we’re all in this together and have to help each other out ❤️ It’s also teaching me to ask for and accept help. So many lessons 🙏 #trailmagic#theartofasking
We started our hike on the PCT at Silverwood Lake and hiked to the McDonalds in the Cajon Pass. Was a fun day hiking; the wildflowers were starting to bloom, met 4 really nice PCT thru hikers, saw 1 snake, 1 red velvet bug, lizards n butterflies and avoided being blown off the mountain ridges on April 16, 2018. Hike 22/52, hike 22/💯 and mile 151/365.
1 day ago3298
Some more desert bloom. It is beautiful out here 💜🌿
6 days ago389
Desert is in bloom! 🌼
I'm glad to have chosen an early start date for my PCT thru hike.
This is also to soften the shock and horror of my previous post of dirty hiker feet 😉
6 days ago893
This is what I pack all my essentials into, every morning. My trusted trail companion, the Exped lightning 45L bag.
The weight of my thoughts and emotions through this trail.... Well those don't fit in this pack.
At mile 418, reaching camp for the day.
A friend of one of our group members (Four Eyes) met us there with 🍕🍊 and plenty of other trail magic ✨
10 days ago586
The power of nature!
And then, crossing over to the other side of the hills, as if by magic, unaffected by fire, these views appear.
This photo was literally taken the same day, after crossingti the north side of the hills sloping down towards Agua Dulce at mile 454 of the PCT.