Hiker Heaven (Agua Dulce)

How to describe a place like Hiker Heaven….. Well, first of all it’s someone’s (Donna Saufley) house on a large (probably 2 acre) lot about a mile from “downtown” Agua Dulce. They have 5 dogs, three horses and a bunch of chickens. They also have, at any one time, 20 to 50 hikers.

Hiker Heaven looking toward the house

I counted 35 tents this morning. There is a shower, TV and small kitchen in a trailer next to the house. They have a two night, 3 day maximum stay limit, though this appears to be flexible for people with injuries. Talked to a hiker from Australia who was on her 5th day and another guy on his 7th. 

Hiker Heaven “guard” dogs

They run a shuttle every hour to town and once a day do a run to the closest REI. They also shuttle people to the closest urgent care clinics for injuries. They have two tents set up, one with four computers with internet access and one with sodas and sewing machines for repairs.

Computer tent at HIker Heaven
The sewing tent
And the sewing machines do get used – I saw proof!
A little repair work on a favorite hiking shirt
 

Everyone gets a short orientation upon arrival. You put your laundry in a mesh bag with a post-it note with your name and your clean laundry comes out an hour or two later. There is only one shower so there is a line but it moves pretty quickly. And this is one of those places just about everyone stops. I’ve met four people here from my April 24 Scout and Frodo class. And I ran into Pensioner, the hiker I shared a pizza with at the KOA, in town.

Pensioner in Agua Dulce
 
Guitars and beers come out in the evening an the atmosphere has a laid-back summer camp vibe. Very nice. 

Acton to Agua Dulce (PCT 454)

Another short day – 10 miles from the Acton KOA to Hiker Heaven in Agua Dulce and the end of my PCT adventure!

Day started early – not a very restful sleep with the train, road and RV-ers.Was hiking  by 5:30. Immediately passed the PCT completion monument (1993).

PCT Completion Monument
 
Then the climb out of the valley. Came over the mountain in the background yesterday. 

Climb out of Acton

And not all obstacles on the PCT are natural – the tunnel under highway 14 for instance.

Tunnel under highway 14

But the highlight of the day was the walk through the Vasquez Rocks.

Moon over one of the Vasquez Rocks formations
View of the Vasquez Rocks

The last mile or so of the day was on roads leading to Agua Dulce, and
They LOVE us here!

the days reward!

The reason we hike.