Hiking out of Cabzon and into the mission creek area I had fresh water for quite a few miles which was nice to not have to carry so much. I had a big day getting to mile 232 at mission creek. I camped alone for the first time of the trip. I enjoy the hiker company when it’s there but I equally enjoy the serenity of camping and hiking alone.
I had an ambitious second day out of Cabazon with a goal of 24 miles to leave an easy 10 miles to Big Bear. It was dofficult to get going with the cold morning and the first 8 miles climbing up steep switch backs. But I made is and getting into the high elevations with huge trees gave me a boost of energy.
I made it to camp and got set up around 5:00. It was really nice to be camping in the woods again. Around 6:00 two section hikers came through and reawakened the evening with their company, wine and a fire. It was a really nice end to a great day.
My 10 mile hike this morning to highway 18 gave first sight of Joshua Trees and a glimpse of the Mojave Desert.
I am staying at a hostel tonight in Big Bear. Time to eat and resupply. More trail time tomorrow.