[pct-l] Fwd: south from Tehachapi

Paint YW paintyourwagonhikes at gmail.com
Mon Mar 25 20:06:50 CDT 2019

For one reason or another, my message (reply) did not make it onto the list
serve, which was my intention. Also, I misspelled Tehachapi multiple times,
much to my chagrin, so this reply attempts to rectify this egregious
grammatical goof. Go forth and spell properly.


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From: Susan Virnig <susan at newstories.org>
Date: Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 9:46 AM
Subject: [pct-l] south from Tehachapi
To: <Pct-l at backcountry.net> <pct-l at backcountry.net>, SectionsYahooGroup PCT
<PCTSection at yahoogroups.com>

I’m a section hiker who’s walked nearly 1700 PCT miles, north from Campo to
Paradise Valley/Highway 74 and south from Manning Provincial Park to Echo
Lakes, and now I’m trying to figure out a way to hike the rest of Section
B, plus C, D, E, and maybe F.  Earlier I had been hoping to start this
week, but with all the snow, that’s a no-go.  Cassidy from the PCTA
suggested one way to do it would be to start at Tehachapi and head south.
Some questions:

1.  Best way to get to Tehachapi — which airport or which Amtrak station or
which bus, since I’m coming from Spokane, WA?

2.  How can I find out current snow levels in Section E?  I don’t mind some
snow, but don’t want a lot of postholing or the need for crampons and an
ice axe, tho I do have micro spikes.   In Section D, Highway 2 is under
snow, which means the PCT is under snow.  Does anyone know when it might be
open?  (Tried Angeles NF and CalTrans, but couldn’t even get a guess.)

3.  Does Casa de Luna still exist?  Halfmile’s map lists a website from
2009 and their Facebook page doesn’t have anything on it since June of last

4. The High Desert Trail Alternate seems to be a lower alternative to being
up on the slopes of Mt. Baden-Powell, from S. Fork Campground to Vincent
Gap, but I can’t find going southbound where to leave the PCT to get down
to S. Fork or how to get back up to Vincent Gap.  Anybody know?

5. Do I need to worry about bugs, with all this melting snow?

6.  Right now temperatures in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce are ranging from the
30s to the 60s.  In April it will warm up, but will a sun umbrella be worth

7.  What are all the thru hikers doing with this incredible snow pack,
especially those with permits to start in March (Mt. Laguna, San Jacinto,

Thanks for any help or advice you can give me,
Sunshine (Susan from Spokane)
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