Finally on the trail again! It’s a good feeling, but I have made a change on the route.
There is a trail closure ahead at mile 386 to protect the “Mountail Yellow-Legged Frog”. They closed 7.8 miles of trail and have a 20.5 mile detour around it. Normally I would summit Mt Baden Powell, meet the detour (South Fork trail) and hike that to the High Desert trail. (Which completes the detour)
That is 17 miles to the High Desert Tr. OR, I can take the Manzanita Trail before Baden Powell and that takes me directly to the High Desert trail. (5.8 miles) The Manzanita trail is normally taken in high snow years to avoid Baden Powell.
Because I’m behind in time I’m choosing to save the 11 miles, bypass Baden Powell and go directly to the official reroute. I’m still hiking and I’ve been to the summit of BP before, so it’s all good.
There is a chance of rain Thursday into Friday evening, so at least I won’t suffer the heat. 😜 Even though I’m tired of the cloudy weather, I’ll be hiking the Mojave soon enough and DON’T want to anger the Gods. 😳
I plan to make the Acton KOA on Sunday. If I get there early I just may continue on the 10 miles to the town of Agua Dulce. My sister can pick me up at either location and I can return some shoes to REI next week!
Here is a picture to show I’m making progress! Note the patches of snow.