Well, have you attempted at least part of the PCT yet? Part two, west of the Cajon Pass, is longer but it also has several established campgrounds and other recreation areas along the route. This part ends at Agua Dulce, at the foot of the Angeles National Forest, along State Route 14.

Again, we'll start at the I-15 end of Little Horsethief Canyon, at the south end of Wagon Train Road. Here, duck under the freeway and proceed due west. A mile or so later, the trail turns south and skirts around the old Cajon Junction station (a railroad terminal) - now deserted and closed. Then it turns west again. You are now in Swarthout Canyon and less than a mile from Lone Pine Canyon Road, which takes one into Wrightwood.

Look north of you, as you parallel the San Andreas Rift Zone. You can plainly see what faulting and uplift has done, although this section of the fault hasn't moved in hundreds of years. The PCT now proceeds through upper Lytle Creek, and the tall mountain immediately ahead of you is Wright Mountain, from whom Wrightwood is named. Several miles past here, the trail nears Mountain High, Wrightwood's famous ski lift resort. Just north of here, Lone Pine Canyon Road becomes Big Pines Highway and is designated "N-4." This is one area where you can end your hike.

But don't! There are lots more to see. The PCT now passes to the north of Mount Baden-Powell, the third tallest peak in this part of the San Gabriel Mountains (second tallest is Mt. San Antonio, then Mount Baldy, itself). Here the trail crosses first State Route 2, then Highway 39, both of which wind approximately south and out of the mountains. Several miles back, too, you crossed the border between San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County. You are now deep in the famed Angeles National Forest.

Miles further, one crosses the Angeles Crest Highway, and this is another point where you can end your hike. From here, the PCT proceeds approximately west through several canyons, and with several possible campsites. And then, in Pacoima Canyon, the trail turns south and into Soledad Canyon. After it crosses Soledad Canyon Road, it descends out of the San Gabriel Mountains and crosses State 14, just east of Vasquez Rocks and Agua Dulce (Spanish, for "sweet water").

Here, some 50 or 60 miles approximately west of the Cajon Pass, you might want to conclude your hike. From here, and skirting the foothills of the San Gabriel and Portal Mountains, it reaches Quail Lake and nearly into Lancaster. The next "leg" of the PCT, follows the Los Angeles Aqueduct approximately northeast, and into the lower reaches of the Tehachapi and Sierra Nevada Range. Then some two thousand miles north to the Canadian border. We won't explore any further unless you, the reader, wishes it. But I hope you enjoyed the trip and you'll try it some day.

Goodbye, for now!