The trail curved lazily through the pristine white sand dotted with the familiar cacti we’d become accustomed to in the days prior. And though I was still enthralled in their prickly cuteness, I was itching to get to the PCT. Enveloped by the San Bernardino mountains, I at least I had a gorgeous view to distract me.
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Joshua Tree National Park: Contact Mine Trail
The Contact Mine trailhead was mostly deserted with only a couple other cars in the lot. We slathered ourselves in sunscreen and ventured out into the sandy field – the sun shining brightly from above.
An Alpine Hike in Mt. San Jacinto State Park
Shedding layers that kept me warm through the night, I scrolled through my curated list of hikes on All Trails until the Willow Creek Trail to Hidden Lake and the Round Valley Loop at Mt. San Jacinto State Park caught my eye. It was mountainous. It was alpine-y. There was snow… I think we have a winner!
There was only one problem…
Joshua Tree National Park: North Canyon Loop Trail
After we emptied our bladders and filled up our water bottles, we crossed into Joshua Tree National Park to hike the North Canyon Loop, a trail I found on the All Trails app. It wasn’t advertised on the National Park Service’s app or on any of the paper maps. This turned out to be a happy accident, because other than a couple of people bouldering, we didn’t encounter anyone all morning. Absolute peace on what is typically the busiest days of the year in Joshua Tree.