(Idyllwild) Saddle Jct. to Interstate 10 (Cabazon) / Leg 6-Sec B (Section Dist. 100 miles)


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Leg 6 from Idyllwild to Cabazon and Interstate 10 is 30 miles. We are expecting it to take 3 days with 1 day in Cabazon as a Nero. We hopefully will be climbing to summit Mt. Jacinto if the weather and snow conditions allow us to.

Daily hiking goals:

Day 1 = 5 miles and sleep at the base of Mt. Jacinto for the next day summit.

Day 2 = 9-10 miles

Day 3 = 10-16 miles

Day 4 = Any miles needed to get into Cabazon and ride the day out as a Nero and camp on the trail away from the noise of Interstate 10.

Manny On The Trail’s Video Of the I-10 Oasis Featuring Mama Bear!

What a wonderful Trail Angel Legend she is. Would love to meet her and say Thank-You to everything she has done for so many hikers over the years.

Side Trip Summit

After getting on the trail, we would love to summit this mountain if the conditions are not too dangerous.

Now for the hard part. From the summit of San Jacinto Peak, there are almost 9,500 feet of descent until you reach Interstate 10. This stretch of trail is one of the hardest. Not only is the descent brutal, but there is also no water from mile 186.2 until mile 205.7. Once you’ve made it to the interstate underpass you’ll likely be rewarded with some trail magic. Many hikers also choose to hitch to Cabazon for In-N-Out Burger.

  • From what I have seen online that descending down as this sucks and it’s no fun. lol

This Leg stops at the 209-mile marker.

Mileage Markers / Elevation:

You see the dip down… but below it shows you that over that 62 miles will be the most drastic change in elevation for the entire PCT.

Towns/Points Of Interest Along This Section:

LOL there is none. You are just hiking to Interstate 10 where you can hitch into Cabazon or keep going.


  • Cabazon on Google Maps (link)
  • Cabazon Outlets (website) I don’t think we will need anything.
  • Five Guy’s & Fries or McDonald’s. No thanks… what I want is below…

Except for… wait for it….

In & Out Burger

(Being Canadian… we need to taste them) We will need to hitch in to pick up some burgers to sample.

But… where to sleep ??? lots of people pitch a tent under the Interstate and can’t sleep due to the highway noise. Could camp 10 more miles ahead around mile marker 219.

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