Date: 17 Apr 2018 09:01PM PDT
Location: Camping near mile 205.7
Today's Miles: 25.1
Total Miles: 205.7
Super cold last night, definitely below freezing. Luckily I picked a spot with a bunch of wind breaks in the form of trees and bushes, so at least it wasn't too noisy or windy.
Unfortunately my air mattress failed on me. It was a slow leak, but still only provided approximately 20 minutes of loft before I was on the ground. Would have totally attempted to fix it, but it was so incredibly cold that I didn't have the patience to do it.
Was awake for most of the night, but even so I waited until after dawn to get moving. It was so cold that I basically waited for the sun to come out and warm things up before leaving the bag.
Spent the majority of the day climbing. Up, up, and more up. It was totally worth it, Mount San Jacinto is a pretty cool environment.
About mid-day I started to hear what sounded like hail, but the skies were clear and there wasnt a drop of precipitation in the sky. Took me some time to figure it out, but due to the altitude and cold temperatures last night there was a ton of ice that accumulated on and around all of these super tall pine trees on the mountain. As soon as the sun rose over the mountain and high in the sky, the ice started melting and falling off.
After climbing up above 8,000 feet today, the rest of the day was spent walking down the other side of the mountain into the desert, down to 200 feet of elevation. Pretty crazy to watch the transition from one side of a mountain to the other out here, especially when the environments are so different from each other.
Camped just on the outskirts of an Indian reservation this evening. No camping allowed on the reservation, so it'll be a bit of a haul to get to a legal camping spot tomorrow.