Gear testing is FUN!
So to kick off the backpacking season, we are setting out on a quick 45.8 mile overnighter. All on one of the most undesirable sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. To quote California Hiking by Tom Stienstra.
This is a bizarre piece of trail, one that only PCT through-hikers would take the time to hike and even then doing so only to keep intact the honor of having really hiked the entire route.
Amazingly enough this is the section hikers finish up when they reach Tehachapi. It is so undesirable because it is not routed on the crest, but drops to the Mojave Desert with little water access, along aqueducts, roads, and off highway vehicle routes (my personal favorite). Oh and I shouldn’t forget high winds frequent this area. Hopefully, someday it will be rerouted through Tejon Ranch and then reach the Tehachapi Mountain Range.
Why do this, you must be thinking? Well…
1. Because it is there
2. Opportunity to backpack some long miles
3. To experience what hikers travel through before I see them at highway 58
4. Test new purchased gear
5. The weather is still cool and the grass-green (maybe wildflowers)