Day 2: That’s Why It’s Called MOUNT Laguna

Day 2: Lake Morena to Mt. Laguna, 21.8 miles (20.2-42)

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I hit trail this morning at 8:15. I was sore, but as I walked my muscles warmed up and felt good. It was an easy 6 mile walk to Boulder Oaks Campground with a little up and down. A very pretty and geologically interesting stretch. I made it to the campground for a break and to refill water. Today, I planned on only going 17-18 miles and was going to take longer breaks for my aches and pains.

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Now here’s why they call it Mount Laguna. It is indeed up a mountain. Since leaving Boulder Oaks, it was straight accent pretty much the entire way; gaining nearly 3000 ft. The afternoon portion of the trail was very exposed to the sun and quite hot, but gave amazing views.

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Finally at about 430, I reached Long Canyon Creek to refill water and where I had planned on camping. The area didn’t seem quite what I was hoping for to pitch tent, so I’d continue up a mile to a better area at about 5pm. I reached my destination 30 minutes later, and picked a good looking spot. The map said there was water near by, so I went to explore before setting up shop. There was indeed a spring, but it dumped into a nasty fish filled trough. On my exploration, I noticed it hurt more to walk with out my pack on. I sat in the dirt, consulting the maps and way points on my app. It was six o clock and I felt a knot in my stomach. The next town/camping was about 3 miles ahead and I didn’t want to camp alone. Chances were someone would join me, but I didn’t want to stay to find out. Onward I went.

 

I assured myself that it was only about a 200 ft elevation difference and could probably make it there in an hour and a half. So I walked…The scenery changed from open to every a wooded forest. I was making good time. The sun was setting, and the air was prefect. I heard a scramble and looked to my right, sure enough a skunk was just feet away from me. Tail up and all. I thought, Damn, this is going to suck. Thankfully he ran and hid in a tree trunk.

Shortly after I made it to the campground in only an hour! Rock on! But then I ate too much dinner 😦 Man I’m stuffed. But now I can sleep in and procrastinate in town. Oh and I’m not alone!

 

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