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Cactus to Clouds (C2C)

The Cactus to Clouds hike is long. You start on the desert floor and climb to 10,804 feet. You gain over 8,000 feet in the first 12 miles and much of this is hiking in dry aird desert conditions. The total elevation gain is 10,400 feet in 17.5 miles. An early start is suggested if you intend on making the last tram down.

From the very first step you start gaining elevation - non stop. After a mile you come across a rock painted with a note saying, "No water on trail until Round Valley Ranger Station, 8 miles, 10 hours." New information from the State Park Rangers suggest it is 11 miles and not 8. After 12 hard miles you reach Long Valley. This is where the upper tram station is as well as the State Park Ranger Station where you will need to obtain a permit for the rest of your hike. From the Ranger Station simply follow the signs to the summit. In 5.5 miles you will have reached your goal and probably will be exhusted. Return to Long Valley and the upper tram station for the ride down.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Congratulations Robert, Julie, and Chris! I was thinking of you guys. Glad you made it!

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kudos to the Robert, Chris, and Julie for doing one of the country's 10 toughest hikes. (According to Backpacker magazine). I watched Robert slog through high altitude effects for a couple hours, Julie deal with blisters and painful toes, and Chris carry a pack that contains pretty much all the dry goods from a 7-11 store; its gotta be heavy. Thanks for the good lesson about how to set goals, train, and complete a world class tough hike.

    2 · October 20, 2013

    • Julie

      Thanks Tom! You are a great inspiration and a pleasure to have with us on our journey!

      October 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      7-11....LOL! Thanks Tom for the laughs!

      October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Chris, here is L2H. It's nuts but I have another psycho friend who wants to do this. Robert and Julie, what do you think??? Timing and logistics...

    http://www.simblissity.net/L2H.shtml

    1 · October 20, 2013

    • Julie

      Looks crazy! Not by Chris's standards though! I am willing to give it a go if I can work out the timing!

      October 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds like a hike we need to plan!

      October 21, 2013

  • Julie

    What a great day! A personal milestone for me both physically and emotionally. I know Nick was right there with me every step of the way. It brought back some fond memories of when we did Skyline together last year (I posted a picture of us on the rock at the top #46). He was my inspiration and my friends were my support. I could not have done it without all of you. Robert and Chris, thanks so much for your encouragement and for all the training hikes we did together. Priceless memories with good friends. Robert especially. You are a good friend and listener. Thank you for the beautiful words you wrote in your post. Gary and Claudia, glad you were along for the journey! To those who came up the tram to encourage us the rest of the way-THANK YOU for being there and the cookies!!!

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Chris, here's the article I was referencing yesterday about C2C, Backpacker magazine and Everest: http://www.backpacker.com/may_2005_feature_hardest_dayhikes/destinations/8485?page=3

    October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool, thanks for the link!

      October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree with all of Robert's comments :). This was a really great hike where we were accompanied by great people. As for the C2C / Skyline, I think all the training really paid off! Double Baldy, 9 Peaks and countless Blue Mountains really did the trick! Congratulations Robert, Julie, Gary and Claudia! Also, thanks for everyone who came out for the Tram-Peak portion. It was great to see Tom and Loria with cookies and great to see some of the Blue Mountain regulars along with some new faces as well. Overall a fantastic day of hiking!

    1 · October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ** Loria = Lori

      October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome hike guys! You pulled it off. I'm so proud of your accomplishments. I really felt we were well prepared for C2C yesterday after all the training hikes we have done. I don't know if I would say the Nine peaks challenge was a training hike =). In anycase, thanks for making this such an AWESOME DAY! From the start with the Full moon guiding us along in the dark to the sense of community enjoying our meal and drinks in the Tram bar area. It was one heck of a day! Hey Chris, thanks for sharing all your wisdom yesterday on the trail. You rocked on C2C! I'm looking forward to joining you on future hikes. Also, keep the John Muir Trail hike in mind Summer 2015 = ). I would love for you to come along....Next comment area.....

    1 · October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Con't) Gary, great job out there yesterday. We thought we lost you when we didn't see you at the peak. It was a joy seeing you at Wellman's Divide coming back down. I'm glad I was able to meet you and were able to join us on the hike. It was also nice for you to accompany us at dinner afterwards. I know you had other plans. Thanks for your company! Claudia, congrats with finishing Skyline. I know you had a hot date and couldn't stay for the rest of the party.....Next time! C2C will always be there to hike in the future.....Next comment area....

      October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Con't) And last but not least, Julie, I'm so glad you were able to reach a point emotionally to do Skyline and eventually, C2C, yesterday. It has been a pleasure and deep honor to be part of your journey these last few months. Your love and devotion for your son is always exhibited when I'm around you and yesterday's hike was another example of this. You've taught me a lot about true love. I'm truly blessed to have you as a friend. Thank you Julie! Overall, thank you everyone for allowing me to part of your adventure yesterday. You all made it an AWESOME DAY! I'll see you on the next hike!

      October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the invite, leadership, friendship and camaraderie. We couldn't have done it without you. You guys rock! Wish we lived closer.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Frances H.

    Time to do it again, huh Robert? Have a good time guys! Be careful.

    October 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Frances!

      October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The eve of the big hike guys! I'm excited and joyful we will be able to put all our training to work. I just want to thank you Julie and Chris for embarking on this journey to prepare for C2C which started way back in April. Also, thanks to those who joined us during the other hikes leading up to tomorrow. I wish you Andy, Lisa, Kevin, Pam, Kay, Robert Eric, Giesla, Annette, Monja, Jess, Nicky, Angela, Bruce, and Henny could join us. But I know all your spirits will be with us during C2C. And for those others who were along for the ride and plan to join us at the tram up to the peak, Lori, Tom, Charles, I look forward to see your smiling faces once we crest Skyline. Thanks for your willingness to come out and lend support. Your kindness is well appreciated! Well, it's 5:40p now. Have to go to bed for a midnight wake up call =(. See everyone tomorrow and thanks again for making this meetup such a wonderful group.....Robert

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, it looks like we'll be in good company. Of what I'm aware of, there will be four meetup groups out on the trail this Saturday. Of the four groups, I counted a 136 people on the trail: 73 doing C2C from Palm Springs desert floor and 72 starting from the Tram at top. Of those beginning at the Tram, 63 of them will begin an hour ahead of our Tram group. Therefore, the trail should be well defined/traveled (possibility of residual snow) by the time our group begins our ascent to the peak.....WOO, HOO! Are you guys excited =)?

    October 15, 2013

    • Julie

      I am looking forward to it Robert!!! Let's do this!!

      October 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm excited... Should be fun!

      October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hey guys, you may want to bring your microspikes in case we run into ice on the traverse. Julie, can let the Temecula group know this information....Thanks!

    1 · October 14, 2013

    • Julie

      Thanks Robert. I sent Gary a note.

      October 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll bring mine.

      October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like we'll have a nice full moon during the hike...Woo, Hoo!

    October 1, 2013

    • Julie

      That will make for a beautiful early morning!!

      October 1, 2013

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