Day 13, 5/16, Bench Camp, M-295, 29mi

The Hostel in Big Bear was nice enough to offer a 7am shuttle back to the trail. It wasn’t nearly as cold out as the other morning but it was still brisk.

This is the view of Big Bear Lake from the trail. With some 11,000′ peaks on the horizon.

The elevations we are hiking at today (7000-8000′) have incredible trees with pine cones the size of grapefruits. This is a gnarly old cedar.
These are Manzanitas in bloom.

A school group heading the other direction. I haven’t seen many people out here other than thru-hikers.

It was like someone planted a flower garden poking out or the rocks along the side of the trail.

There was a group of other hikers setup where I camped tonight.

The first campfire of the trip and a beautiful sunset.

The rare picture of me 🙂

Time for bed!