PCT Thruhike: Section 22

In this section,  we continue our hike of the “desert” section from Tehachapi to Agua Dulce. This episode features our trail family’s adventures through a dry but hospitable section!

Our videos feature quick and dirty views of each trail section as well as A+ and F moments and conclude with Lessons Learned. We hope you enjoy!

Click here for Section 22 Photos!

Mini-Blog:

Friday, October 18:

  • Day: 123
  • Miles Hiked Today: 8.5
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 2094.9
  • Miles Remaining: 558.2
  • Update:  Today was super chill. Our motel offered breakfast from 6-9, so we ate twice while slowly getting all our chores done before a noon checkout time.  We ate lunch at the local bakery before getting a ride back to the trail from one of the amazing trail angels in Tehachapi. A few short miles of wind farms later and we found a bit of an oasis with trees for wind breaks, a picnic table,  and water cache to camp! Good day. 

Saturday, October 19:

  • Day: 124
  • Miles Hiked Today: 23.3
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 2118.1
  • Miles Remaining: 534.9
  • Update: Today was another fun day! Windy,  for sure as we continue to walk through wind farms,  but fun… especially because we bought a teenage mutant ninja turtle kite at the Kmart in Tehachapi! We flew it at this sort cool oasis created by locals in the middle of the desert with chairs,  an umbrella, trash cans, and water! We’re camped by a bridge tonight getting ready to hike the infamous 20 mile LA aqueduct section tomorrow. The desert/wind farm scenery is getting a little monotonous,  but the terrain is pretty easy and we’ll take it!

Sunday, October 20:

  • Day: 125
  • Miles Hiked Today: 17.5
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 2135.5
  • Miles Remaining: 517.6
  • Update: Today we walked the notorious aqueduct, a 20 mile mostly boring but flat road walk across the desert.  We intended to hike another 8 miles today but got into Hikertown to check it out and found ourselves in an awesome vortex of hospitality! This place is so cool… a collection of old western style buildings where hikers can sleep with free showers. Richard,  the owner, is awesome and offered us coffee and donuts on arrival, a tour, and ice cream and cake after dinner. We’re all glad for this quintessential PCT experience!

Monday, October 21:

  • Day: 126
  • Miles Hiked Today: 19.4
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 2154.9
  • Miles Remaining: 498.2
  • Update: Less than 500 miles remaining! Though today was a sad day as we said goodbye to half of our tramily; Snots and O Well decided to hang out a bit longer at Hikertown. They expect to catch up in the next week or so. The good news is that we reconvened with old friends: Sour Patch, Willy Wonka, Blue, Fieldtrip, and Sprinkles.  We’re all on the same schedule for the next couple of days so we’ll have good company! The terrain today was pretty terrible…SO MANY GNATS!! It was also brushy and hot but not so bad since the day was short.  

Tuesday, October 22:

  • Day: 127
  • Miles Hiked Today: 20
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 2174.9
  • Miles Remaining: 478.2
  • Update: The desert is chill. We woke in our campground with both trash cans and pit toilets then hiked a relatively easy 20 to a known and beloved trail angel establishment,  Casa de Luna. The day was hot and there were some gnats… but there was also shade. 5 of our crew of 8 nearly instantly got a hitch into town (the other 3 sadly ended up walking the 2 miles) and we were at Casa de Luna by 3pm… plenty of time to visit the local market and stuff ourselves with slushies, brownies,  gummy sharks, and pringles. We’ll have to stop eating like thruhikers soon!

Wednesday, October 23:

  • Day: 128
  • Miles Hiked Today: 23.7
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 2198.6
  • Miles Remaining: 454.5
  • Update:  Another quick day into another hiker paradise at Hiker Heaven! The day was hot and dry, but ultimately not too difficult especially when we arrived at a wonderful place designed to help hikers relax. Upon arrival,  Gretzky’s grandpa, who is visiting, offered to go get us In and Out Burger. Then, the private bedroom in a trailer at Hiker Heaven was available. Then we took showers and our laundry was whisked away to be washed for us. AND,  we got TWO care packages of treats from our kindergarteners and parents. Great day!

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