Quick 3.8 miles to pioneer mail picnic site and a nice long morning break. Then on towards desert view trailhead. 6 miles had us winding along ridgetops with views of the salton sea (at least that's what we think it was) and staring hopefully at rocks in search of any tiny hint of shade. After finally finding one spot we were out in flash after we found out a rattlesnake was already there and didn't want to share.
Off trail to our amazing stop at desert view trailhead where we got our first trail magic, ice cold sodas and water. So amazing.
Last few miles rolled on by as we continued down the ridge and finally found shade and our dry camp at chariot canyon along with at least 13 people. And on we go.
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