I was cruising along early Saturday morning when I spotted a group of Pacific Crest Trail hikers off on the side of the road. The trail crosses highway 74 near the 74/371 turnoff at Paradise Corner. Highway 371 goes down into Anza and then I catch Highway 79 to Temecula. Or, if you drive straight, Highway 74 goes to Mountain Center and then you catch the road to Idyllwild. Paradise Corner has a nice restaurant which welcomes hikers, horseback riders, and bikers. It is a pleasant place to stop, visit, and have a hot meal.
Anyway, I did a U-turn and asked them if I could take a couple of photos of their group. They were very accommodating. I wished them luck and we went our separate ways. I believe they said they started their hike on April 2, which would mean it took them a week to get to this location. I often stop here and leave fresh water for the hikers. I remember last April...it was over 100 degrees at this time. Fortunately, this year it is much cooler. We've had 4 days of rain, but the skies should start to clear tomorrow.
From here the trail goes near Idyllwild. Then it goes down Mt. San Jacinto, crosses Interstate 10, and goes up by Whitewater Canyon before continuing on near Mt. San Gorgonio. From there, it is open desert. Ugh.
Then, on the way back home, I spotted a lone male hiker at the same location.