Just outside a desperate little town on the border between CA and Mexico there is a sign that announces the start of a 2600 mile footpath. The footpath, known as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, traverses the entire western US from Mexico to Canada. Anyone that has hiked the AT can’t help but wonder what it would be like to tackle this monster.
And so today I made my way to Campo CA, to set foot on the southern terminus of the PCT just for the fun of it. As I drove Interstate 8 over the pass through the Vallecito Mountains, the weather started to deteriorate. Dark clouds and spitting snow soon made driving unpleasant to say the least, and it wasn’t until I dropped down out of the mountains and the weather improved that I decided to continue on. I almost turned around and headed back to Arizona.
The start of the PCT wasn’t too hard to find. There are very few roads in the area and no way to get too far south. I eventually spotted a marker where the trail crossed the road and soon came to the ominous, corrugated border fence. It was a short walk up a hill to the PCT southern terminus marker where I took a few photos.
I explored the area for some possible day hikes. The weather need to improve but there are several possibilities. For now I will move back to the desert and hope for better weather.