It’s All About the Burgers On The PCT & The Other Food

Cedar Glen Malt Shop / Lake Arrowhead (shown above)

We talk about all the burgers that we will eat off trail all along the Pacific Crest Trail. We will hit Paradise Cafe up the trail around the 151-mile marker.

But we will probably have a burger after the 20-mile marker at the Malt Shop in Lake Morena and then the 42-mile marker at Mt. Laguna. Will probably have one in Julian and Idyllwild. When we get to Cabazon we will get a uber to take us out to try IN & OUT Burger that we have heard of.

Our IG will be full of town food I’m sure. I’ve started to ask in the Facebook groups where some epic meals were and make note of the restaurants that people have listed.

Rough List: (Will Be Updated over the next couple of months)

San Diego – info coming

Campo – a cute little cafe that is new.

Lake Morena – Oak Shores Malt Shop

Mt. Laguna – Pinehouse Cafe & Tavern / Majors Diner in Pine Valley is 16 min’s from Mt. Laguna

Julian – Mom’s Pie House & Julian Pie Company, Julian Beer Co looks pretty good. Hiker recommended Jeremy’s On The Hill for their Burgers.

Paradise Cafe – We want to sleep behind it to hit it for Breakfast Buritto and then later for lunch with a Burger.

Idyllwild – The Red Kettle, Idyllwild Brewpub

I-10/Cabazon – In & Out Burger (Will Uber to it 😉

Big Bear – Not sure yet. Will probably stay at a Trail Angels place like Kenny’s Place.

Lake Arrowhead – Cedar Glen Malt Shop / Lake Arrowhead for a big ass burger.

Cajon Junction @ I-15 – LOL it will be McDonald’s for this stop since we will do the McDonalds Challenge and fill up on Rotten Ronnie’s. But we will also hit Del Taco also for a snack.

Wrightwood – The Grizzly Cafe for sure.

Acton/Agua Dulce – Big Mouth Pizza Company / Sweetwater Bar & Grill

Tehachapi – Red House BBQ (near the airport) has really good food and is hiker friendly. / Thai at Thaihachapi is really good from what people say. Not sure what place yet. / Kohen Country Bakery: try the Po’boy sandwich is really good.

Lake Isabella/Kernville – Eat in Kernville: Pizza Barn / Kern River Brewing Company

Kennedy Meadows – Grumpy Bear’s Breakfast and the KM General Store has a good burger I think.

Ridgecrest/Inyokern – Ephen Taco Smokehouse Junction in Ridgecrest is the place to go.

Lone Pine – Lone Pine Smokehouse was recommended by a hiker. / Taco’s Los Hermanos Food Truck /

Independence – Mexican Food Truck called Glenn’s Taqueria looks yummy and little place to sit inside in Independence.

Bishop – Guthook comments the Bowling Alley has great food with Burgers and Ribs… and hey… go bowling. / Erick Schat’s Bakery (Website)  A ridiculous amount of baked goods to choose from, including a colossal day-old section for cheap, delicious cookies, breadsticks, muffins, and more. 

Mammoth – Salsa’s Taqueria in Mammoth Lakes a hiker recommended / Mammoth Brewing – really good burgers / so so reviews… maybe a bit pricy for tourists

Bridgeport –

South Lake Tahoe –

Sierra City – Sierra City Market (just the pastrami sandwich a hiker recommended and the photos back it up online)

Beldon/Quincy/Chester –

Old Station/Burney –

CastleCrag/Castella/Dunsmuir –

Etna Summit – Denny Bar Company in Etna (expensive) was recommended by a hiker.

Seiad Valley – Seiad Valley Cafe for the pancake challenge.

Callahan/Ashland –

Mazama Village/FishLake/Klamath Falls –

(Big Gap and not sure what’s between these places… will add more as my research continues)

Mt. Hood – Timberline Lodge & the AYCE Buffett

Cascade Locks/Portland –

Packwood/White Pass –

Snoqualmie Pass/Stevens Pass/Skykomish/Leavanworth –

Stehekin/Winthrop – The famous Stehekin Bakery with huge Cinnamon rolls the size of your head.

If you would like to buy Chantal a burger on trail you can do so here.

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