Let the adventures in backpacking begin!
Amanda and I took our first backpacking trip together and we. had. a. blast. Our hope is to have the whole family on the trail soon, but for this trip we left JW with grandma, AND we took 7 of our closest friends!
Cooper Canyon Trail Camp (Angeles National Forest) is about 2.5 miles from Cloud Burst Summit via either a fire road or the Pacific Crest Trail. We made the trip a semi-loop starting at Buckhorn Campground descending the Burkheart trail to the PCT, and following it up to the trail camp, then walked the old fire road up to Cloud Burst Summit. The whole trip was just under 6 miles. It was a great trip for 9 people who don't backpack often. There was hiking to enjoy and lots of time to lounge around camp eating and drinking. I think there was 5 bottles of wine (or bags in our case) a bottle of whiskey, a six pack of beer and a cornucopia of good food between the nine of us. We ate and drank all we brought! It was a good night indeed. We figured since it was just a one-nighter, why NOT. We may return to this convenient trail camp soon, via another route. There are a few different ways of getting there and some cross-country routes that look like a lot of fun.
Here's to many more backpacking trips ahead! Salud!
(All photos below were shot on the handy dandy iPhone).
Any trip up Hwy 2 warrants a visit to the Newcombs Ranch Bar/Restaurant.