Pacific Crest Trail (2019) 43: Tehachapi Mountains

Friday, April 26, 2019 – 13 miles

I started walking at 6:15 AM to complete the climb during the cooler part of the day.

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After about five miles, the trail left the wind farm and the scenery improved. The high point of the Tehachapi Mountains had lovely campsites within pinyon pines, and a trail angel was stationed nearby with water and fruit. I felt guilty for not stopping since he seemed to want to socialize (I did chat briefly) and I had seen no other hikers for awhile, but I met a hiker heading NOBO only ten minutes later. Distribution of NOBO hikers is in clumps – you hit a big group that camped at the last water source, then a speckling.

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The scenery was glorious during the descent to Gamble Spring Canyon. Slicing through a carpet of flowers, the trail offered views out across the flat low desert with rectangles of solar panels.

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I had enough water to camp before Tylerhorse Canyon so I stopped at Gamble Spring Canyon, but the defined tent site wasn’t as sheltered as I would have liked. Exploring the canyon in search of a different spot, I ended up in a flattish spot that seemed sheltered until the wind picked up. I had difficulty sleeping last night because of the heat and noisy wind turbines, so give me a break, wind.

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