Day 15: CS293 to CS320 (26.6 miles)
Updated: Aug 22, 2019
May 22, 2016 - Didn’t set my alarm this morning, figured I would sleep in after the long day right after a trail town stop. Weather started off nice while I spent the last few miles in the forest before heading back out in the expose upper desert. Most of today’s hike followed along Deep Creek. I just spent hours hiking along this steep trail with that wonderful water down below and no easy access to it. It really started to get hot midday. I finally got to a low spot and close enough to the creek to where I could bushwhack down to spend my lunch break and enjoy the cool water and shade. After the break I was just 3 miles from the Deep Creek Hot Springs. I had decided to pass right on by as there is always a big party scene and is always worse on weekends. I figured with it being Memorial Weekend it would be even worse. Also not to mention several people have died from contracting a deadly bacteria or something like that. Also with its hot as it was, sitting in hot water didn’t seem all that fun. I kept walking along the ridge and out of nowhere I cross over this rainbow bridge, nice to have a surprise like that. A few more miles of hiking took me to Mojave Dam, again seemed like an odd spot for a dam. Most of the day had been flat or downhill until the last 6 miles to camp. I made one last water stop before hiking the last 2 miles to my camp for the night where it was windy all the way. I probably should have made camp at the last spot because it’s so windy here. Let’s hope my tent holds up tonight.