We spent the long Father’s Day weekend camping in the Laguna Mountains.  My family converged on a little campground called Cibbets Flats which is located off of the Kitchen Creek Road near Pine Valley, CA.  We had a great weekend!

A year ago, you could not have paid me to actually go hiking.  I preferred to hang out at camp drinking beer and socializing.  But since I’m in training for the 60 mile Susan G. Komen for the Cure 3-Day walk, I decided to head out with the group.  My Aunt and Uncle are avid hikers and so we followed them out to where we could meet a trail. We bribed the little people with visions of waterfalls to play in, so they happily came along, too.

Upon arriving at the trail, my Uncle happily announced how we were to be walking along history…the Pacific Crest Trail.  I didn’t think much of it at the time.  My Uncle gets excited about a lot of weird things.  But when I got home and started preparing to blog about our weekend, I looked up the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  It really has a lot of history and was interesting to read about.

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through three western states . It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks and glaciers in the Cascade Range. The trail also passes through historic mining sites and evidence of man’s endless quest for natural resources.

Thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this national treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season!

The route was first explored in the late 1930s by teams of young men from the YMCA. Once proven feasible, trail pioneers Clinton Clarke and Warren Rogers lobbied the federal government to secure a border-to-border trail corridor. They had to settle, however, for several disconnected trails along the crest of each state. Largely through the efforts of hikers and equestrians, the PCT was eventually designated one of the first scenic trails in the National Trails System authorized by Congress in 1968, and was dedicated in 1993.

Click to enlarge.  Photo credit:  www.pcta.org

It was a hot day.  We really should have started out earlier.  But we were hoping to find some waterfalls so we endured the heat to have some water fun.  The hike really was beautiful.  I forget just how pretty our local mountains can be.

We found some local wildlife!

We hiked about 2 miles up the trail looking for the waterfalls that my Uncle had remembered seeing before.  We never did find them.  That was a darn shame, too because Gabe was MAD.  As only a disappointed and hot 4 year old can be mad.  So we heard about it all the way back down the mountain, if you know what I mean.

To reward the boys, we took them into Pine Valley and gave them ice cream for lunch.

So our hike up the PCT was hot and anti-climatic.  We hiked in, turned around and hiked out.  But I had a great time and was very proud of myself for doing it.  Just a small step in my new active lifestyle.