Walker Pass Magic


I shuffled into Walker Pass this afternoon, after a 20-mile day, to the unexpected sound of coordinated applause. A large canopy had been erected at the edge of the otherwise desolate campground, with two dozen grinning faces peering out of the shade – and I was immediately offered my choice of iced beer or soda, to be followed later by a full-on dinner!

A couple of generous trail angels have been running this spot continuously for the last week, greeting each hiker who hits the end of Section F with the equivalent of a marathon aid station or racecar pit stop, scaled to PCT standards. Quite a nice surprise after the desert, though it was cool to get my first views of snow-capped Sierra peaks in the distance this morning. Weird to think I’ll be up in them next week.

4 replies
  1. Zenobia
    Zenobia says:

    It must be a lot of fun for the trail angels to plan this sort of reception, knowing the mind set of the hiker trudging all those miles. I’ll bet a number of them have done that hike, too.

  2. Denise Hamilton
    Denise Hamilton says:

    I figured you might run into some other hikers, but had no idea that so many nice people along the way would be out there encouraging (and feeding!) the hikers. Gosh, you should have brought an autograph book with you.

  3. Justin Carroll
    Justin Carroll says:

    Way to go Noah……I hope u enjoyed the Tehachapi area I have lived in this area for about 9 years…..I would like to try the PCT someday… could u recommend the books or info u used for the trip

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