Hurley Creek Campground (161.2) to Idyllwild (170.2)
Not all who made it to the campground were able to walk the next morning. Only 5 of us hiked to Idyllwild, the rest hitch hiked. Sore feet and knees being the problems. From the campground at campsite 66 there is a mountain bike trail that runs parallel to the road for a mile or so. It meant we were off the road for the narrow shoulder dangerous section of road. The trail then hit a jeep track on the right, we followed it all the way to downtown Idyllwild. Not many hikers are taking this option, preferring to hitch hike due to misinformation about the dangers of road walking or speaking with people who have NOT taken the trail. Any other hikers reading this, it is safe to hike the road for the 9.5 miles that I mentioned yesterday. Then follow the path mentioned above. Of course you will need map. So if you have no map, hitch hike!
Idyllwild is a sweet hiker friendly town. For example, how many laundromats do you know will give you free laundry powder and loan you some clothes to wear while you wash all your clothes! Yes they look after us here.
But before the laundry I must tell you that myself, Scotland, Kravitz and Stone Foot (his feet are the colour of the stones, ie disgusting) absolutely murdered 2 monster sized pizzas when we arrived in town. It was an impressive feat. We all rolled out of there.
Later in the evening friends from nearby La Quinta arrived and we met up for dinner. Doug, Marilyn, Lindsay and myself ended up at the nicest restaurant in Idyllwild. What a treat. Thank you all for travelling out here to see me. The huge steak was great. I am honoured.
Oh, for those interested, my trail name is Shepherd. How did I get the name? Kravitz named me. The protector of the herd. So from this moment on, I am ‘Shepherd’.