Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 9

CRAB FLATS ROAD to CA 138: Hot springs. Killer views. Lonely campsites. That's just a short hitlist of what unfurls on this 30.4-mile section across the San Bernardino Mountains.
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CRAB FLATS ROAD to CA 138: Hot springs. Killer views. Lonely campsites. That's just a short hitlist of what unfurls on this 30.4-mile section across the San Bernardino Mountains.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 49.0

Waypoints

PCT161

Location: 34.2751808166504, -117.050727844238

From Crab Flats Rd., head W

PCT162

Location: 34.2781982421875, -117.072235107422

Third crossing of Holcomb Creek

PCT163

Location: 34.2773323059082, -117.073104858398

Fourth crossing of Holcomb Creek

PCT164

Location: 34.2739677429199, -117.127723693848

Cross Deep Creek near dirt bike track @ destroyed bridge

PCT165

Location: 34.3007202148438, -117.125442504883

Cross dirt road

PCT166

Location: 34.3221015930176, -117.152099609375

Cross creeklet

PCT167

Location: 34.3387794494629, -117.170265197754

Pass creek; Warm Spring down near creek

PCT168

Location: 34.3398170471191, -117.17626953125

Deep Creek Hot Spring

PCT169

Location: 34.3408851623535, -117.190376281738

Cross tributary creek

PCT170

Location: 34.3441009521484, -117.19556427002

Reach arched bridge over Deep Creek

PCT171

Location: 34.3451156616211, -117.230499267578

Mojave Dam spillway

PCT172

Location: 34.3366317749023, -117.245986938477

CA 173

PCT173

Location: 34.3360176086426, -117.246231079102

Water cache under a juniper tree

PCT174

Location: 34.3161315917969, -117.265197753906

Cross dirt road

PCT175

Location: 34.3128814697266, -117.265335083008

Cross Grass Valley Creek

PCT176

Location: 34.3118171691894, -117.27108001709

Cross dirt road

PCT177

Location: 34.3055839538574, -117.308532714844

Paved road leading up to the top of Silverwood Lake Dam

PCT178

Location: 34.3065338134766, -117.312599182129

Cross dirt road below Silverwood Lake Dam

PCT179

Location: 34.3088150024414, -117.315803527832

Reach CA 173 and turn L onto road to follow it

PCT180

Location: 34.3078002929688, -117.32430267334

PCT trail tread resumes on left side of road after power station and climbs to the crest near Silverwood Lake

PCT181

Location: 34.3046493530273, -117.328582763672

First view of Silverwood Lake

PCT182

Location: 34.2885513305664, -117.34513092041

Reach a jeep road and follow it through the picnic area and up the hill to get to the campground. The hike/bike camp is regretably the absolute farthest campsite from the entrance.

PCT183

Location: 34.2877159118652, -117.354698181152

End @ CA 138;

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Mojave River Reservoir

Location: 34.3459434509277, -117.230018615723

Man-made drainages in the southern California desert. ©Jack Haskel

Signpost at CA 173

Location: 34.3364562988281, -117.244636535645

Trail angels leave crucial water and info.©Jack Haskel

Bridge over Deep Creek

Location: 34.3447113037109, -117.196823120117

©Jack Haskel

Hanging out in the Deep Creek Springs

Location: 34.3390350341797, -117.177185058594

PCT'ers find welcome relief in thermal spings along Deep Creek.©Jack Haskel

Deep Creek Hot Spring

Location: 34.3391189575195, -117.175354003906

Shaded views of the Deep Creek hot springs. ©Jack Haskel