Noelle here:

Well, Steve got his trail name! It’s Toboggan! He earned it on Mt San Jacinto as he kept slipping and sliding on the snow and ice.

But first, let me back up to a beautiful hamburger at Paradise Cafe! We sat with “Roger That” and ate nachos & hamburgers and drank beer. It was a good afternoon. The only concerning part was that for a couple days, we’d been hearing about helicopter rescues off the mountain. At Paradise, other hikers told us the Rangers had just been there warning about the snow danger. We didn’t have micro spikes, so when Trail Angel Grumpy drove up to take people to Idyllwild, we thought we should go. He introduced us to Mayor Max.

Mayor Max of Idylwild
Mayor Max of Idylwild

We spoke with Rangers in town. We spoke with other hikers and with a local hiker who updates his website with trail conditions and weather.

We decided to skip Apache Peak. It wasn’t an easy decision but two of our stated goals in this adventure are “don’t die” and “don’t get broken”. So we relaxed in this gem of a cabin, with dog photos everywhere, even in the bathroom! Woodland Park Manor was a great place to stay, also the only available place, but it was about a mile walk to town, not as great…

Dog pooping pics
Dog pooping pics

We explored the town. Saw some people we hadn’t seen in a week! And felt pretty good about starting back up.

Zero day of relaxing
Zero day of relaxing