Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 18

LANDERS MEADOW to WALKER PASS: Begin the long ascent into the Sierras through the pinyon forests and cholla clumps of the Scodie Mountains on this 38.7-mile leg. In spring, wildflowers bring color to the arid gray-green landscape.
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LANDERS MEADOW to WALKER PASS: Begin the long ascent into the Sierras through the pinyon forests and cholla clumps of the Scodie Mountains on this 38.7-mile leg. In spring, wildflowers bring color to the arid gray-green landscape.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 62.4

Waypoints

PCT344

Location: 35.4450149536133, -118.314483642578

Sign trailhead register off of Piute Mtn. Rd. Head N then E.

PCT345

Location: 35.4515151977539, -118.313682556152

Cross dirt road

PCT346

Location: 35.456298828125, -118.278350830078

Piute Mtn. Road @ Harris Grade Summit

PCT347

Location: 35.4507675170898, -118.224296569824

Kelso Valley Road and Water Cache; minimal camping in the area, but a couple of wind-exposed sites nearby if you don't want to set up a tent.

PCT348

Location: 35.4532012939453, -118.204582214355

Cross rough dirt road in a desert wash

PCT349

Location: 35.4641494750977, -118.150184631348

Cross dirt road

PCT350

Location: 35.4816665649414, -118.145500183105

Another dirt road intersection

PCT351

Location: 35.4900321960449, -118.147682189941

Cross dirt road

PCT352

Location: 35.4926490783691, -118.144981384277

Dirt road atop a saddle with rusty old mining machines to check out.

PCT353

Location: 35.4956169128418, -118.134651184082

Another intersection with SC 238

PCT354

Location: 35.4974174499512, -118.133186340332

Cross dirt road, SC 47

PCT355

Location: 35.5306167602539, -118.129447937012

Intersection of SC 37 and SC 34

PCT356

Location: 35.5461654663086, -118.143516540527

Cross SC 42

PCT357

Location: 35.552734375, -118.133682250977

Bird Spring Pass with water cache under the shade of a few Joshua Trees, really the only cover around

PCT358

Location: 35.5561332702637, -118.118614196777

Campsite on ridge

PCT359

Location: 35.5827331542969, -118.123748779297

Spur to Lower Yellow Jacket Springs

PCT360

Location: 35.6142845153809, -118.11319732666

Walk L @ dirt road

PCT361

Location: 35.6212501525879, -118.077331542969

PCT trail tread resumes; turn L. If you need water, stay on the road a short ways to McIvers Spring and Cabin

PCT362

Location: 35.6220817565918, -118.073348999023

McIvers Spring and Cabin: high-flow piped spring located just below cabin. Sadly, this isn't the nicest place for camping as the cabin is dirty and run down.

PCT363

Location: 35.6567344665527, -118.056869506836

Cross over a ridge

PCT364

Location: 35.6630516052246, -118.036399841309

Spur to camp; spring @ CA 178 "30 MPH sign."

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Bread box

Location: 35.4466285705566, -118.322151184082

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

Water cache @ Bird Spring Pass

Location: 35.5536003112793, -118.134750366211

Hydration under the shade of a few Joshua Trees. ©Jack Haskel

Over the hills

Location: 35.577709197998, -118.13062286377

Open views on the Scodie Mountains. ©Jack Haskel