The Scouts were at it again on their second backpack training trek into the Cucamonga Wilderness. This time, for 3 days of hiking and 2 nights in beautiful primitive campgrounds.
Rewarded with beautiful weather, Troop 770 made it easily into Third Stream Crossing campground within a short 2 hour hike up from 4,000 feet to 5,600 feet. This time, the lower camp area was available so the Scouts were rewarded by setting up camp along side the Middle Fork river making it easier to purify water and providing additional natural ambiance. Using Philmont Scout Reservation techniques, the Scouts set up camp complete with dining fly, sump (for waste water), a leave no trace style cooking and eating area and of course, sleeping area.
On day 2, the Scouts made a quick visit to the “hidden waterfall” before heading up trail to Comanche Campground. This 1.3 mile hike proved to have numerous technical challenges where the trail was completely washed out from years of erosion and a lack of trail maintenance. The Scouts decided to make camp about 300 yards past the official Comanche camp area where there was a small spring of water available. That afternoon, Scoutmaster Williams taught a wilderness navigation course and the Scouts played a game of hide-n-seek before making one of the troop’s most delicious backcountry meals — pesto bowtie pasta with chicken, kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and garlic.
Day 3 was simply a pack up and go day down the roughly 2,500 feet of elevation back to the cars and making only one important stop before Las Vegas to enjoy a wonderful meal at Peggy Sue’s Diner in Barstow California.