Backpacker Magazine Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 17 

TEHACHAPI/WILLOW SPRINGS ROAD to LANDERS MEADOW: Climb through the Piute Mountains on this 42.5-mile stretch past dry mining claims and an expanse of sagebrush and yucca.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 11 Dec 2006 12:00:00 AM
Activity: Hiking
State: California (CA)
Distance: 42.43 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 10275 ft
Total Loss: 8205 ft
Net Change: 2070 ft
Difficulty: 8 / 10
Tags: California, Mojave, Pacific Crest Trail
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: From Tehachapi, CA, take E. Tehachapi Blvd. to Tehachapi Willow Springs Rd. Head S on Tehachapi Willow Springs Rd. for 6.5 mi. PCT starts on N side of road.

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Tracks

CAPCT027

Distance: 42.43 mi Points: 844
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
CA PCT TRACK 027

Points of Interest

PCT318

Location: 35.052319, -118.358330
Head NE on PCT

PCT319

Location: 35.071602, -118.324585
Cross paved road

PCT320

Location: 35.090885, -118.309631
Turn R @ Cameron Road and walk down the road

PCT321

Location: 35.099434, -118.293015
Cross CA 58 overpass; trail continues along N side of freeway. This is the geological start of the Sierra Nevada, though the surrounding terrain might not feel like the iconic high-alpine most are familiar with.

PCT322

Location: 35.110332, -118.256317
Resume PCT trail tread

PCT323

Location: 35.137852, -118.266434
Two nice, wind-protected campsites on ridge overlooking Mojave under Pinon Pass

PCT324

Location: 35.139149, -118.264084
Campsite

PCT325

Location: 35.157684, -118.255035
Cross dirt road

PCT326

Location: 35.176968, -118.248314
Saddle with camping possiblities under a large grey pine

PCT327

Location: 35.199665, -118.229218
Dirt road under power-generating windmills

PCT328

Location: 35.225552, -118.233986
Cross dirt road

PCT329

Location: 35.225899, -118.234596
Golden Oaks Springs; hopefully water flows from pipe on L side of tank or directly from ground to R; tank itself is gross, filled with tadpoles. Great spot for camp or break, mostly flat with room for 4-6 tents nicely shaded by oak trees

PCT330

Location: 35.235001, -118.239067
Dirt road

PCT331

Location: 35.280365, -118.255699
Gate

PCT332

Location: 35.301785, -118.267151
Dirt road with nice camping in open blue oak savannah; tall grass harbors pesky sock-clinging burrs

PCT333

Location: 35.364899, -118.293884
Dirt road marked private property

PCT334

Location: 35.372635, -118.293236
Locked cable across road

PCT335

Location: 35.375965, -118.293800
Resume trail tread

PCT336

Location: 35.387218, -118.301880
Robin Bird Spring: strong-flowing piped spring fenced in for cow protection; entrance located @ lower L corner of fence; plenty of flat space to camp on top of an old house foundation

PCT337

Location: 35.390434, -118.299080
Unpaved Jawbone Canyon Road among thick stands of Jeffery pines, white firs and black oaks

PCT338

Location: 35.405102, -118.306549
Cottonwood Creek Fork wait for next fork to get water

PCT339

Location: 35.406483, -118.305702
Cottonwood Creek Fork; 2nd ford is larger than 1st

PCT340

Location: 35.421215, -118.304649
Look for a large, old oak tree on the L side of the trail and a small use path on R to locate a small, lightly flowing spring that pooling near a cement wall. It's easily missed, so stay sharp.

PCT341

Location: 35.427898, -118.307365
Landers Creek headwaters

PCT342

Location: 35.433933, -118.309433
Landers Creek; best water in the area, black pipe comes directly out of creek and might provide flow even if the creek is dry. Savor the last of the Jeffery pine forest

PCT343

Location: 35.435398, -118.310051
Lander's Creek 2nd crossing

PCT344

Location: 35.445015, -118.314484
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Harnessing the wind

Location: 35.196350, -118.224449
In this section, the trail passes several stands of power-generating windmills, a staple of the California countryside. ©Jack Haskel

Small spring

Location: 35.418968, -118.306152
Look for a large, old oak tree on the L side of the trail and a small use path on R to locate a small, lightly flowing spring that pooling near a cement wall. It's easily missed, so stay sharp.

Bread box

Location: 35.444561, -118.316223
The breadbox, well stocked with Vodka and Kool Aid for the 25-mile waterless stretch ahead. ©Jack Haskel

Golden Oak Springs

Location: 35.225533, -118.230286
Cloudy water best accessed from pipe below. ©Jack Haskel

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