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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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.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 68.3

Waypoints

PCT318

Location: 35.052318572998, -118.358329772949

Head NE on PCT

PCT319

Location: 35.0716018676758, -118.324584960938

Cross paved road

PCT320

Location: 35.0908851623535, -118.309631347656

Turn R @ Cameron Road and walk down the road

PCT321

Location: 35.0994338989258, -118.293014526367

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: 35.1103324890137, -118.256317138672

Resume PCT trail tread

PCT323

Location: 35.1378517150879, -118.26643371582

Two nice, wind-protected campsites on ridge overlooking Mojave under Pinon Pass

PCT324

Location: 35.1391487121582, -118.264083862305

Campsite

PCT325

Location: 35.1576843261719, -118.255035400391

Cross dirt road

PCT326

Location: 35.1769676208496, -118.248313903809

Saddle with camping possiblities under a large grey pine

PCT327

Location: 35.1996650695801, -118.229217529297

Dirt road under power-generating windmills

PCT328

Location: 35.2255516052246, -118.233985900879

Cross dirt road

PCT329

Location: 35.2258987426758, -118.234596252441

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: 35.2350006103516, -118.239067077637

Dirt road

PCT331

Location: 35.2803649902344, -118.255699157715

Gate

PCT332

Location: 35.3017845153809, -118.267150878906

Dirt road with nice camping in open blue oak savannah; tall grass harbors pesky sock-clinging burrs

PCT333

Location: 35.3648986816406, -118.293884277344

Dirt road marked private property

PCT334

Location: 35.3726348876953, -118.293235778809

Locked cable across road

PCT335

Location: 35.3759651184082, -118.293800354004

Resume trail tread

PCT336

Location: 35.3872184753418, -118.301879882812

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: 35.3904342651367, -118.29907989502

Unpaved Jawbone Canyon Road among thick stands of Jeffery pines, white firs and black oaks

PCT338

Location: 35.405101776123, -118.306549072266

Cottonwood Creek Fork wait for next fork to get water

PCT339

Location: 35.4064826965332, -118.305702209473

Cottonwood Creek Fork; 2nd ford is larger than 1st

PCT340

Location: 35.421215057373, -118.304649353027

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: 35.4278984069824, -118.30736541748

Landers Creek headwaters

PCT342

Location: 35.4339332580566, -118.309432983398

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: 35.4353981018066, -118.310050964355

Lander's Creek 2nd crossing

PCT344

Location: 35.4450149536133, -118.314483642578

Trail crosses Piute Mtn. Rd.

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Bread box

Location: 35.4445610046387, -118.316223144531

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

Golden Oak Springs

Location: 35.2255325317383, -118.230285644531

Cloudy water best accessed from pipe below. ©Jack Haskel

Harnessing the wind

Location: 35.1963500976562, -118.224449157715

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

Small spring

Location: 35.4189682006836, -118.30615234375

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.