Fuller Ridge Trail Head to Mesa Wind Farm – 23 miles (37km) – 213 miles total
I had good intentions of starting early this morning, but it was cold overnight and when my alarm went off at 5am and it was still dark. I rolled over and ignored it. A little while later I finally started getting ready and it was close to 7am before I finally was ready to walk out of camp.
It was a long day of down. All the elevation that I had gained going up San Jacinto was lost going back down the other side into the valley where the trail crosses over interstate 10. For most of the day we could see the valley, the interstate, the wind farms in the valley and the township of Cabazon, which doesn’t have much but does have a casino. The casino is a high rise building in the middle of the desert, which looks oddly out of place.
As the trail descended it became hotter, by the time I was 4 miles from the interstate. I was convinced that I was going to go into Cabazon where there is a plethora of fast food outlets along the interstate and get a cold drink and ice-cream. However, the last 4 miles to the interstate were a killer, the wind picked up and the trail became sandy. It was like a long hot slog through loose sandy beach.
When finally at the interstate, we called an Uber to take us into Cabazon. The Uber drivers were very use to picking up hikers. And we went to In-N-Out a fast food chain unique to California (although someone told me, that there is now one in Texas). It was brilliant. I didn’t realise how hungry I was until I saw the burger and the shake also hit the spot.
By this time it was 5pm and there was still another 4 miles to make it to a camping spot for the night and what goes down must go back up. The trail now starts to climb back up the next set of mountains gaining back all the elevation we lost, coming down into the valley to cross the interstate. Again the miles were a sandy slough, bust finally we made it. I am camped tonight without my fly on with the hope that my tent will flap less in the wind.
Today I am thankful for In-N-Out.