Boulder Hill Camp to Mojave Dam Overlook
Mile 288.1 – Mile 312.7
I spent this morning sewn to my shadow stretched out directly in front of me as I descended Holcomb Valley. Try as I might I could never quite catch up and my way was slowed by many fallen trees across the trail. As I was throwing my leg over one, I happened to catch the side of my kneecap on a protruding knot. Who needs coffee when white hot pain works even better?
Ten miles in and I arrived at Deep Creek Bridge and a relaxing break beneath its high span. I did not know it at the time but the rest of my day would be spent winding down and along the steep sided walls of the creek’s gorge.
At some point early in the afternoon my shadow decided to let me lead. We wound our away in and out of gullies under a hot sun, iPod firmly in place, until in the distance appeared our destination.
Deep Creek Hot Springs is tucked within a widening of the canyon walls. A Shangri La of sorts, it seems to be a popular place though no overnight camping is allowed. I did not think hot springs sounded particularly appealing after my hot hike, but I changed my tune quickly. The springs pool was around 101 and the creek water refreshingly cool but not icy. Back and forth I went, my body a big fan of the unexpected spa treatment. I stayed long enough to make dinner before setting off again.
Tent sites are scarce to nonexistent along a trail that traverses steep walls so I was all but forced to keep going. I managed to escape the gorge right at sunset and set up camp on a hill overlooking the Mohave River Forks Dam. I dropped down almost 3000 feet today and the night is noticeably warmer as a result.
Unfortunately I am now speeding to an almost certain time out due to Memorial Day weekend. I’m still almost 60 miles from my next resupply in Wrightwood and if I don’t get there by 11am Saturday, I will have to wait until 8am Tuesday for the post office to reopen. I’m not sure yet what I will do but I am amused at what stresses thru hikers. I can’t lose and It’s all good either way.