PCT: CA Section A - Campo to Warner Springs is a 104 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Campo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
The start of the Pacific Crest Trail on the Mexican border, at Campo, CA. The journey of a thousand miles (or 2650) begins with a single step.
Did this first "Section A" with a friend who is thru-hiking the whole PCT. What an amazing trip this year. There has been a lot of rain in the region this winter / spring which has led to water where we haven't seen it in years and beautiful blooms throughout the desert.
We did the 114 miles in total after making a couple side trips to get milkshakes (by Lake Morena) and stopping in Laguna for fuel. Across 6 days, this was a fairly challenging hike. On day one we stopped at Lake Morena for water and then moved on and stayed at Boulder Oak Campground the first night which was nice and quiet. Stayed at Laguna Campground the second night which had nice bathrooms and made a good water stop. From there we went to Scissors Crossing which had a nice water cache, but was quite the wind tunnel. It was also in a flash flood area. I would recommend camping elsewhere if you can and simply stop here for the cache. Next we stayed at the 3rd Gate Water Cache which had some good camping spots. We took one secluded one down in the valley after hiking down to the water cache which is .9 miles from the 3rd gate. Finally, we stayed in Barrel Springs before hiking the last 8 miles out. We took another campsite in the far back after the water spigot. This was another good spot that I would recommend staying.
Being familiar with the area, we covered our bodies completely to stay out of the sun. Between that and starting just at sunrise and then camping under a tarp between 11am and 2-3pm and hiking again until 6, meant that we were able to stay cool and fresh enough to get good miles in and make good use of water. Highly recommend this tactic through the desert. We saw a lot of sun-burnt and exhausted people on our way through.
If you're hiking through, make the extra stop in Julian and get some free apple pie which they offer to hikers on the PCT!
I'm 65 and together with my 28 y.o. son hiked from PCT Southern Terminus to Kitchen Creek Rd March 26 thru 29, camping night #1 at Hauser Creek and night #2 at Lake Morena. Day #3 we made it to Kitchen Creek Rd but my light- complected son was suffering from severe sunburn, so In the evening, we walked downhill 3 mi. where my other son collected us at I-8. Intend to resume quickly as possible. Much of the trail had been damaged by winter rains. But creeks & streams flowed abundantly.
Nice trail, we hiked 10 miles in total. Definitely would be very hot during summer time but there was a nice river running and a few shady spots. Also runs over the railroad track which is cool! Make sure you have enough water especially during a hot day.
We hiked in the snow approximately 4 miles. It was spectacular! There was so much snow. Breathtaking but grueling! Must do!!!!
Hitched a ride into Julian within 5 minutes from the scissor crossing. Awesome town.
Had an awesome time in march of 15.
got a 4 star because it's the desert and I like the mountains more.