Section E

3-21-19, Section E, South Bound, Mile 558 to Mile 535, Tehachapi Mountains

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By: Road Dawg
March 26th, 2019

3-21-19, Section E, South Bound, Mile 558 to Mile 535, Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road to Cottonwood Canyon bridge.

-This was a fantastic hike, the trail conditions were perfect: cold, partly sunny, maybe a little windy. The trail is in good to excellent condition overall, a few blowdowns, trail damaged by motorcycles in a few places, one washout at tiger tank and shower, but easily negotiated. Great views of the Mojave Desert, Antelope Valley, snow on the peaks still in the Tehachapi mountains, some but not a lot of wildflowers right now, some painted lady butterflies too.

Water:

Mile 558.22 Oak Creek:
-Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road water cache in parking area is empty
-At the Oak creek crossing there is a picnic table with about 25 one gallon jugs full of water
-Oak Creek is dry

Mile 556 Tiger Tank and Shower:
-Faucet is shut off, there is about an inch of water in the tank from rain if you are in a desperate emergency for water

Mile 549 Bar and Grill:
-There were only 2 one gallon jugs of water that were each only half full
-there are also a couple small flat spots for camping

Mile 545.1 Gambling Canyon Spring (off trail)
-I did not visit this

Mile 541.6 Tyler Horse Canyon
-At the trail crossing, at least 4 gallons per minute with a really good flow, water does not taste that great

Mile 535 Cottonwood Canyon Bridge
-I did not visit this cache

Trail erosion

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By: Lynn
April 6th, 2017

From approximately mile 544.5-546.5 the trail is eroded in many places on the steep switchbacks, often to the point of the trail being almost nonexistent. The steep incline and unstable sand makes the tread very dangerous for hikers and probably impassable for equestrians.

Severe erosion between Tylerhorse Canyon and Willow Springs Road

By: Mark M.
December 15th, 2015

These pictures where taken in Section E from mile 542 to 545. I have not seen the other areas. But, the pictures don’t do it justice. The area was hit hard. My concern is someone trying to hike through will get hurt/stuck. I positively could not hike through as-is.

I saw about 5 impassable spots in just about 2 miles.

The PCT is washed out in many places from Tylerhorse Canyon to over by Willow springs Road. The first picture below is about a 40 to 50 foot drop off, the angle of the picture does not properly represent the danger.

Other areas of southern California have been hit by similar erosion. The picture of recent damage is not clear at this time. Take a look at the Southern California tag on the trail conditions page for more information.

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