October 17th, 2018
Cajon Pass Interstate 15 mm 342 to Deep Creek bridge mm 310
Distance: 32 miles
0800 – 1830
Overnight, I bought a one-way ticket from Phoenix to Miami for the 31st. So now I have a deadline. If I average 30 miles a day, I will make it to the border by the 28th…just 12 more days, including this one. It’s probably not realistic to do this, since I also have to factor in town stops. But we’ll see.
The hotel had a good continental breakfast, so we were able to stuff ourselves before resuming the trail. I was glad to get away from all the hub-bub of that busy interstate. The noise quickly disappeared as the trail entered a dry canyon. There was a bit of climbing but not bad relative to other town departures. I was once again carrying way too much food but I’m used to the weight.
The trail passed by Silverwood lake and would end the day next to a creek, so there was plenty water today. Although, I wouldn’t have wanted to drink the lake water. We instead had lunch at a picnic area with spigots and tables. It even had an outlet that worked. We joked that we should just end the day early and camp there. But I have my schedule to uphold.
Looking back at the dry hills and chain of mountains I came down in the days preceeding.
We wound in and out around the lake and then along some hills paralleling the Mojave River and a valley of farms. We came to Deep creek (which had planty of water/was flowing) and began following it up a canyon. It reminded me of hiking in the many canyons where I grew up. The trail clung to the sides and there were places where it had been washed out and re-fortified. I imagine that it might have been a railroad at one time.
Sadly, there was a lot of graffiti and trash in this area. Besides that, I have been seeing tons of Mylar balloons. The consequences of being so close to such a huge urban area. We came to a bridge just as it was getting dark and found some really nice tent sites in the sand. It was still fairly warm out and a nice change from the cold nights of previous campsites. A half moon shone on the canyon walls as I made dinner. It was beautiful.