Not a good night at all. The wind had been blowing pretty savagely and the rain started around 3am; gusting wind combined with the rain started to come up and over the inner of my tent and I didn’t wake and notice it for a few hours. So I had a bit of water in the tent and the sleeping bag was a tad wet as well, it was really not a good start to the day.
I waited for dawn to emerge and packed everything up before exiting the tent into the horizontal rain, I just rolled the tent up totally wet and put it on top of the pack. I started walking at 6am and the conditions were very unpleasant to say the least. If I was below the ridge line it wasn’t too bad, but when in the exposed side or on the ridge itself it was brutal. There was a couple of sections where I actually struggled to go forward due to the wind!
After a few hours I reached the rangers station and slowly started to descend into the valley on the protected side of the range. The lower I dropped the more the rain disappeared and the sun came out. By Mattox Canyon Creek I had stripped back down to the normal wear and was drying out slowly. Upon reaching the trail head car park at Acton I ran into some trail magic so I stopped here for a bit to dry out the tent and a rain jacket a little. I was still getting light rain storms coming through though.
I walked down to the Acton KOA (caravan park) and got a few bits to eat before heading down the PCT once more. At the railway line there is a small monument commemorating thd final linking of the PCT in 1993, it would be easy to miss.
The trail headed up and across the range then through the Vasquez Rocks area before finally waking the road into Agua Dulce. I stopped at the supermarket before heading up the road to Hiker Heaven, two of us were lucky to get a lift about 2/3 of the way by a gentleman in a John Deere buggy.
So I set up camp and set out everything to fully dry, but I was keeping an eye of the rain clouds around even though the rain was supposed to have gone. It eventually started spitting a little and I threw everything in the tent and took refuge on the veranda. Then it started to bucket down for nearly an hour, some tents were flooded underneath.
After it finally stopped I had a shower and caught a lift into town with about 10 others and had Mexican for dinner, the only issue was I had to walk the 1.5 miles back home. I need to grab some resupply food in the morning before heading onwards tomorrow.