Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 15

ELIZABETH CANYON to HIKERTOWN: Much of this 26.3-mile stretch navigates the slopes of Sawmill Mountain before ending in the desert flats of Hikertown, USA. High point: Views on Leibre Mountain stretch from the Pacific to the Mojave.
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ELIZABETH CANYON to HIKERTOWN: Much of this 26.3-mile stretch navigates the slopes of Sawmill Mountain before ending in the desert flats of Hikertown, USA. High point: Views on Leibre Mountain stretch from the Pacific to the Mojave.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 42.4

Waypoints

PCT283

Location: 34.6596984863281, -118.460464477539

From Elizabeth Canyon Rd., head N on PCT

PCT284

Location: 34.6667175292969, -118.466369628906

Trailside spring

PCT285

Location: 34.6705665588379, -118.474250793457

Reach a dirt road among pines; first nice, shaded camping in a while

PCT286

Location: 34.6799659729004, -118.493766784668

Dirt road among black oaks, campsites nearby

PCT287

Location: 34.6876983642578, -118.52173614502

Cross dirt road

PCT288

Location: 34.6890487670898, -118.527648925781

Spur to Upper Shake Campground

PCT289

Location: 34.6916007995606, -118.554313659668

Cross dirt road

PCT290

Location: 34.7034149169922, -118.575950622559

Sawmill Campground spur

PCT291

Location: 34.7088851928711, -118.587615966797

Dirt road marks 500 miles from Mexico, according to Data Book

PCT292

Location: 34.7101173400879, -118.594718933105

Cross dirt road

PCT293

Location: 34.702766418457, -118.614418029785

ATV track to L reaches highpoint of Leibre Mountain for views that make it worth the effort; PCT stays to R

PCT294

Location: 34.700382232666, -118.616981506348

Highpoint on Leibre Mountain

PCT295

Location: 34.7034606933594, -118.616432189941

Water tank up 100 yards from trail; slide heavy metal lid off but be sure to replace it

PCT296

Location: 34.7137336730957, -118.635437011719

Bear Gulch Camp, cross dirt road

PCT297

Location: 34.714225769043, -118.654151916504

Reach dirt road and follow downhill: don't be mistaken, this actually is the PCT; area has nice oak trees

PCT298

Location: 34.7365493774414, -118.647453308105

Small pond with submerged oaks and lots of waterfowl; this is on private land, so no swimming

PCT299

Location: 34.7360496520996, -118.642547607422

Pine Canyon Road; here you're in the heart of the huge Cajon Ranch. don't stray off the PCT onto the private land.

PCT300

Location: 34.7695617675781, -118.607810974121

Follow fence directly N through grasslands of the Antelope Valley area of Mojave Desert. Enjoy the grass while it lasts.

PCT301

Location: 34.7756652832031, -118.60718536377

CA138 and a sign welcoming you to water across the street

PCT302

Location: 34.7758483886719, -118.606597900391

Hikertown: trail angel house

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From the top

Location: 34.702220916748, -118.608985900879

Vantages over the Angeles National Forest. ©Jack Haskel

Views from Leibre Mountain

Location: 34.6997375488281, -118.613945007324

©Jack Haskel

On the tank

Location: 34.7015991210938, -118.613945007324

BACKPACKER contributor Jack Haskel rests atop a water tank perched above the Angeles National Forest. ©Jack Haskel

Across the grasslands

Location: 34.762996673584, -118.606506347656

Here the trail enters the grasslands of the Antelope Valley area of Mojave Desert. Enjoy it while it lasts. ©Jack Haskel

Water sign

Location: 34.7735404968262, -118.607124328613

A sign welcoming PCT'ers to water across the street. ©Jack Haskel

Hikertown

Location: 34.7784996032715, -118.607749938965

A collage of Hollywood sets greets the wayward PCT hiker in Hikertown, where trail angels might let you in from the searing heat of the Mojave. Water faucets outside gate L of driveway for year-round hiker use. ©Jack Haskel