The heat and general toll on the body that hiking in the desert in summer involves is not to be under estimated. Enjoyed some nice views and meeting fellow hikers, but the overall experience of the desert is one of passing through an uninhabitable land. Looking forward to Aqua Dulce and moving toward the High Sierras! I'll update when I'm in town next. Till then, drink water and hike in the cool of early morning and late night!