Swarthout Canyon


Posted from San Bernardino, California, United States.

Swarthout Canyon
Swarthout Canyon

With free refill Coke on my mind, I woke up and packed fast. Jewel Thief and I were hiking before 6AM. Shortly after starting we dropped to a road and crossed a bridge in front of a dam. The trail then climbed over an adjacent ridge and we hiked the surrounding hills of Silverwood Lake. By 8 AM we made it to the far side of the lake to a picnic area with water.

Since that was listed as the last water for 15 miles, we stocked up – only to cross a stream or gully every other mile. Oh well. The trail followed a ridgeline before dropping down to I-15 in Cajon Pass – home to the almighty on-trail McDonald’s. Normally you can’t drag me to M.D.’s, but free refill coke and town food I didn’t have to carry was too good to pass up. I made the 21 miles there by 1PM – how’s that for motivation!

The day was hot so we crashed & napped on the lawn all afternoon. At 5PM we set off at a meandering pace to make it 5 miles up the trail & away from the Interstate & train tracks. Our packs are loaded full of 4+ liters of water to make it through the 22 waterless miles on the climb up to Wrightwood. We plan on getting an early start tomorrow to get to higher elevations in the cooler part of the day.

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