|A map of our journey.|
Length: 19 miles
Trailhead Elevation: -- ft.
End Elevation: -- ft.
Elavation Gain: 1784 ft
Difficulty Assessment: Moderate
Trail Type: One Way
The trail was a combination of many trails. The majority of the hike was along the California Riding and Hiking Trail which spans 37 miles. Our hike began at Black Rock Canyon and ended at Keys. Overall, the hike was around 19 miles over mountains and valleys. Each day we aimed for 9 miles.
For more information see: National Park Service
This weekend I went backpacking in Joshua Tree National Park. For those of you who don't know what backpacking is, I would describe it as hiking for a long time with nothing but a backpack containing what you need to survive. It was definitely an amazing experience and it reminded me just how during the human body is when you have the will and prepare accordingly. This was my first time backpacking and I was glad I packed just enough to survive comfortably each day.
We got there on Friday and camped at Black Rock Canyon for the night. To set up camp, we had to hike one mile down the path and then 500 ft off the path.
|The morning after the first night. Everyone had at least a sleeping bag except Sam. It was amazing how he survived the cold nights in just a blanket.|
The first day of hiking, we hiked until we reached Covington Flats.
|The beautiful hike along the ridge on day 2.|
|Here is a picture of my backpack that I made using rope to hold the pieces together.|
|The morning after spending the night at Covington flats|
After Covington, we got back onto the trail and continued our journey and in time, eventually made it back to my car that I had parked at the trail-end before we left.
|A glimpse into what the trail we followed looked like.|
All in all, backpacking is definitely an experience that I feel everyone should try at least once. At the same time, I would also point out how it's not an experience everyone can accomplish due to the physical demands. But if you can, I highly suggest you do it.