McMecca Meal


The McDonald’s along I-15 at Cajon Pass, east of L.A., is famous among PCT hikers because of its proximity to the trail, air conditioning, and delicious delights. After 15 dusty miles by noon, the golden arches were looking pretty enticing, and I went all-out in true hiker style.

The cool part was that the calorie counts are right on the quick-order menu, so you can plan for maximum energetic intake. I started with two crispy chicken burgers (2 x 600) and followed up with a Reese’s McFlurry (400), then an Oreo McFlurry (400), and finally a large chocolate shake (850), for a total of 2850 calories in one sitting! Good fuel for a solid 26-mile day today, but it’s hard to keep up with an insatiable appetite; by dinner I was glad to have also thrown a 12-inch Subway sandwich into my food bag – yum.

2 replies
  1. Zenobia
    Zenobia says:

    Still laughing! Boy am I glad that I don’t have to pay your meal tab! On a more serious note, I’m really glad that you have these amenities along the trail. I am SO enjoying your postings.

  2. Pam Otley
    Pam Otley says:

    Hi Noah! I just discovered your blog, thanks to mention by John Thomas on OBOL. I am a bookseller at OSU, greatly enjoyed Among Penguins and enjoy recommending it to others. Happy hiking in your upcoming days, what an adventure!

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