Along the roadwalk into Idyllwild
After 2 nights in Idyllwild I took the Devils Slide trail from town back to the PCT at mile 179. From here the trail goes along the flank of Mt San Jancinto, reaching 9,000 ft, and traversing Fuller Ridge. It snowed from mile 184-190, which added some adventure to Day 12.
San Jacinto State Park
Fuller Ridge snow - San Jacinto SP
From 9,000 feet, the trail drops roughly 7,500 feet back to the desert and Interstate 10. This is the longest desent on the PCT, and this includes a 20 mile water carry with 5 days of food. The wind around I-10 was gusting to about 50 mph. Trail angels Ziggy and the Bear host hikers at mile 211, and provide a place to camp, water, showers, coffee, and a cheap food store.
Near Interstate 10, very windy section
Crossing under I-10