[pct-l] hiking Section E southbound

Gary Schenk gary at hbfun.org
Thu May 9 21:45:09 CDT 2019


Thanks for the nice report. Glad you had a nice hike.


On Thu, May 9, 2019 10:15 am, Susan Virnig wrote:
> Dear Hikers,
> Many of you kindly responded to my request in March for help, ideas, and
> information.  Just wanted to share my experience, so that others can
> benefit.
> Tehachapi Pass to Agua Dulce — flew in on April 5, started hiking on April
> 6
> 1.  Flew from Spokane into BURBANK; you can catch a bus in front of the
> airport (#794 Hollywood Way/Thornton) which takes you to the Antelope
> Valley railroad stop on the NORTH side of the airport.  People will try to
> direct you to the south railroad station, which is NOT the right one.
> Take
> the train to Lancaster.  From the train station in Lancaster you can take
> a
> bus, which stops right in front of the station, to Tehachapi.
> 2.  Trail Angels in Tehachapi are the BEST!!!  There is a network of
> several dozen people who help hikers, and the Chamber of Commerce will
> direct you to them if you call or write them.  (There are also phone lists
> in plastic at both Willow Springs Road and Tehachapi Pass with names and
> numbers.)  Jeff & Kerry picked me up at the bus station in Tehachapi,
> stopped at a Big 5 so I could buy fuel and dropped me off — I was the
> first
> hiker to sign their book this year, and followed on the 268 hikers they
> picked up last year! — at Brenda’s home for an overnight stay and a ride
> back to Tehachapi Pass.  Brenda also helped huge numbers of hikers last
> year.
> 3.  Water and caches were in good shape in early April and I frequently
> texted pctwater.com to share that information.
> 4.  The superbloom flowers were incredible!  Temps ranged from below
> freezing at night to a day or two of 80 degrees.  This is absolutely a
> great time to hike Section E.
> 5.  The trail was pretty deserted.  Met some thru hikers who had walked
> every step of the way (thru the huge snowfields) from the border, and some
> who skipped the worst of the snow and plan to come back to hike those
> portions, plus a few section hikers like myself.
> 6.  Hiker Town, Casa de Luna and Hiker Heaven are all delightful places to
> spend a night or take a zero day.
> Happy trails,
> Sunshine/Susan from Spokane

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