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[pct-l] Mexico-to-Tehachapi Updates 2002 (Way Long)


Here's the SoCal beta for 2002. It is in the format that I sent to 
Wilderness Press, so it might be a bit confusing to some-- just email 
me or call, and I'll answer individual questions. I can also get you 
copies of some of the more significant map changes, for those who are 
desperate. I can also send this as a Word document, if you prefer.

In answer to the 3 most common questions & requests:

1) Yes, I have now added the alternate route across Antelope Valley 
via Fairomont Reservoir. But, I still say, unless you want a 
Mad-Monte nostalgia experience, take the permanent route.

2) No the Saufleys ARE NOT in the book. They don't want to be. I've 
lined-through all references to them. They're still on the list, and 
still the Hostes-with-the-Mostes in Agua Dulce.

3) No, we didn't leave out all of the geology, biology, history or 
personal editorial content. We know you want a lean, mean, 
hikin'-machine guidebook, but we hike because we like all that other 
foo-foo stuff, too.

Have fun out there, be safe, and look for my beer stashes.

Call if you need resupply help around Sonora Pass-- we love to stuff 
steak and potatos into stinky brown thru-hikers!

Pacific Crest Trail Volume 1(South)
Updates 2002
Ben Schifrin 209 586-5767

P 10, Post Offices:
Mount Laguna Zip code should be, 91948.

P 15, Land Use Regulations: Day-hikers and section-hikers, but not 
through-hikers, will be affected by an experimental National Forest 
Adventure Pass system now in effect for all parked cars within 
southern California's national forests. This pass is required for all 
vehicles, while parked along any road or even at a designated 
trailhead, in Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino 
National Forests. It is not required for PCT travelers, per se. Cost 
is $5 per visit to one forest, or $30 per year (good for all four 
forests). Plans are to return 85% of collected monies to the 
individual forest for human-use enhancing projects. Passes can be 
purchased from the USFS, from southern California outdoor shops and 
multiple vendors near or in the forests.

P 16, Par 5: Note that, even with a campfire permit, open fires are 
NOT ALLOWED at any site outside of a designated campground in the 
Angeles National Forest, due to the extreme fire danger. This is a 
compelling reason for all hikers to carry a gas stove throughout 
their trip.

P18, Federal Government Agencies: add:
1. Hauser Wilderness
	Contact Cleveland National Forest
2. Sawtooth Mountains Wilderness
	Contact BLM, El Centro
3. Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
	Contact BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Office
	690 Garnet Ave, P.O. Box 1260
	Palm Springs, CA 92258
	(760) 251-4800
4. San Gorgonio Wilderness
	Contact: San Bernardino National Forest and BLM Palm Springs

P44, Section Map:
Add Sawtooth Mountains Wilderness boundary in A7-A8 area.

P 45, Introduction, Line 1: (Omit and substitute): This southernmost 
section of the PCT is among the most varied of all. It walks a fine 
line between scorching desert and dense, rolling brushlands, 
occasionally in a ribbon of fine mid-mountain forest.

P 46, Supplies, Line 2: Campo now also has a ranch supply store, with 
most equestrian needs. A PCT Association trail register is kept at 
the post office. Cameron Corners, one mile north of Campo on Highway 
94, has a hot dog stand, a convenience store and a branch of Wells 
=46argo Bank.

P 46, Supplies, Line 5: In greater detail, as of June 2001, in-bound 
airline passengers reach the PCT's southern terminus via the 
following transport links: Take bus Route 992 from the San Diego 
Airport to downtown San Diego 
(http://www.sandag.cog.ca.us/sdmts/992.htm). Then, take the "Orange 
Line" trolley from downtown to the El Cajon Transit Center 
(http://www.sandag.cog.ca.us/sdmts/trolleymap.htm). The "Southeastern 
Rural Route bus" leaves from the El Cajon Transit Center to Campo 
(http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/cts/rural/index.html). This bus 
departs El Cajon only once per day, at 3:04 PM and arrives in Campo 
about 5 PM.

P46, Supplies, Line 8: As of 2001, Mount Laguna Post Office had no 
morning service, except on Saturday.

P 46, Supplies, Last Line: Now a small private spa, Warner Springs 
Ranch boasts a fine restaurant, restful bungalows, invigorating 
massage and hot-spring soaks. Golf, tennis, horseback riding and 
glider rides round out the experience. Contact the resort in advance: 
31652 Highway 79, Warner Springs, CA 92086. Phone (760) 782-4200. 
Internet: www.warnersprings.com.
Warner Springs also =8A

P 47, Rattlesnakes, Line 3: Indeed, most through-hikers will have 5-6 
encounters with these common reptiles, by the time they reach the 
High Sierra! Even so, the author knows of only one PCT hiker who was 
ever bitten.

P48, Col 1, Line 19: Fifty feet south of the border monument, another 
dirt road has been bulldozed, parallel to the border. Its southern 
verge, the border itself, is protected from the Mexican Hordes by a 
4-to-6-foot-high fence of metal runway repair panels, painted 
olive-green. Reach across it for a feel of tierra mexicana, and then 
return to the knoll for photos.

P48, Col 2, Par 2, Line 19: A 2000 acre fire that started near Tecate 
in November 1995 burned eastward across the PCT's route from near the 
border, and north past Castle Rock Ranch. It is an early reminder of 
the flammability of the Southern California landscape, and just one 
of many "burns" crossed by the PCT. Please be fire-safe! Thankfully, 
trail tread is still easily visible.

P49, Col 1, Par 2, Line 4: =8Aand ranch supply store lay=8A

P 50, Col 2, Line 8: =8A at a trailhead parking area. Just north is the 
entrance to John Lyons-Lake Morena Regional Park.

P 51, Col 1, Par 2, Line 9: =8A on trail that is often confused by a 
welter of use-paths. PCT Association volunteers have installed signs, 
so hopefully, the route is now more certain. Ignore intersecting 
paths made by local homeowners, which cross the PCT for lake access. 
Stay essentially level, and don't head away from the shoreline until 
PCT emblems mark the way.

P 52, Map A3: Change name "Lake Morena County Park" to, "John 
Lyons-Lake Morena Regional Park".

P 53, Col 2, Par 1, Line 3: =8A the southern verge of the grassy plain 
of Cottonwood Valley (3150-0.3), where well-signed PCT tread resumes, 
leading east. The Boulder Oaks Store used to stand at this 
intersection, and was the object of a pitched legal land-use battle 
for the entire past history of the PCT. A now-victorious Forest 
Service has erased its last vestiges.

P 54, Map A5: Omit all buildings at Boulder Oaks.

P 56-57: Maps A7 & A8: Add Sawtooth Mountain Wilderness boundary, as 
drawn. Add "Sierra Club Foster Lodge" (renamed from, Guymon Lodge). 
Also rename Laguna Campground as, "Laguna/El Prado Campground". Also 
add new trail to water source at GATR Road (not on current map).

P 57, Col 2, Par 1, Line 2: =8ALaguna Mountains. The 35,080-acre 
Sawtooth Mountains Wilderness, designated in 1994, lies east of and 
below the PCT from here north, as it courses around Stephenson Peak, 
Monument Peak and Garnet Peak. It was designed to protect the rugged 
canyons, which descend to meet the Vallecito Valley.

P 57, Col 2, Par 2, Last line: =8ANetwork Station, now a Federal 
Aviation Administration navigation control site.

P 58, Col 2, Par 1, Line 3: =8A Laguna/El Prado Campground. (Omit 
remainder of paragraph).

P 58, Col 2, Last line: substitute: =8Aclosed GATR Road (5440-0.9), on 
cooler forested land. This intersection is now trail, and marks an 
important detour to water.

Water Access: Just beyond a pipe swing-gate, there is now an unmarked 
trail junction, where the roadbed used to be. Continuing 
straight-ahead, northwest, a spur trail curves gently down and west, 
then momentarily south, to reach Sunrise Highway S1 in less than 0.1 
mile. Here, a monument to the Penny Pines reforestation program 
stands beside a busy trailhead parking area. Directly across 2-lane 
Highway S1 is the start of Noble Canyon Trail 5E04, which strikes 
west-southwest only 50 yards to find a permanent water supply. Here 
lie a green faucet and a galvanized horse trough, in an open stand of 
black oaks. This level flat is quite hospitable, but, unfortunately, 
no camping is allowed in this vicinity.  A moment farther on is found 
a junction with the southbound Big Laguna Trail, which heads back to 
Mount Laguna in about 3 miles.
	This is the last certain water source close to your route 
until Cuyamaca Reservoir, 12.5 miles farther along the PCT and then 
1.7 miles along a lateral. Closer but less certain water may be had 
during late spring and summer at Pioneer Mail Trailhead Picnic Area, 
in 3.9 miles. Possibly more convenient to some northbound travelers 
are the year-round springs in Chariot Canyon, a 1.8 mile detour from 
the PCT in 14.9 miles, or the well on Rodriguez Spur Truck Trail, a 
1.3-mile detour from your path in 19.8 miles.
North across the closed fire road, the PCT swings right, north, then 
ascends gently east,=8A

Page 59, Col 2, Line 9: Insert asterisks and Water Access:

Page 59, Col 2, Last Line: Insert and omit next sentence: A 4-foot 
diameter concrete water trough is fed by the tank. Contact Cleveland 
National Forest's Descanso Ranger District before leaving Mount 
Laguna, for the tank's status. Alternatively, contact the PCT 
Association at: (telephone): 888 PC-TRAIL or, (internet): www. 

Page 60, End of first paragraph: Insert asterisks for end of water 
access section.

Page 60, Col 2, Par 2, end of last line: ADZPCTKOP volunteers have 
established a springtime water cache in this area-look for blazes and 
water jugs beside the trail. Take only what you need, and don't count 
on these supplies!

Page 61, Col. 2, Par. 1, Line 8: If the spigot is locked, look 10 
feet uphill, in a grove of Coulter pines: the large cistern has an 
unlocked metal access plate.

Page 62, Map A10: Note, "water tank" on map.

P 64, Col 1, Par 2, next-to-last line: =8Areliable water is at GATR Road, 14=

P. 65, Col 2, end of Par 2: (Water Access): A number of selfless 
volunteers have stepped in to help with the already-dicey water 
availability problem around the San Felipe Hills. Members of the San 
Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club, the PCT Association, and ADZPCTKOP 
have repeatedly placed water bottles at Scissors Crossing, and in the 
San Felipe Hills themselves, for the last 3 hiking seasons. Current 
plans call for the same effort in late April of each year. However, 
this gracious act must not be counted-on, at one's peril!  The best 
way to monitor the water situation here, as well as throughout 
southern California, is to subscribe to the outstanding Internet mail 
list, "PCT-L".   To join the verbal give-and-take, and to read about 
the most up-to-date trail conditions, send an email to, " 
pct-l@mailman.backcountry.net", with no subject, and a message that 
reads, "subscribe pct-l [your email address]".

An alternative way to water from the Scissors Crossing environs would 
be to hop on a bus, retreating west up to the cool green haven of 
Julian. (See "Supplies", page 46). A San Diego County bus stops at 
Scissors Crossing each morning at about 8:30 AM, and returns by 5:30 
PM. Contact San Diego County for an up-to-date schedule.

Page 67, Col 1, Last Line: Here, members of the PCT Section of the 
San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club established an emergency water 
cache for PCT thru-hikers. It consists of gallon jugs of water 
secured by a nylon cord. This cache was initially stocked with 55 
gallons of water and will be replenished on a calendar basis 
throughout the spring peak hiking season, since the volunteers have 
no way of knowing when all the jugs have been emptied. Please limit 
individual use to 2 liters of water. Some later hikers may find the 
jugs empty when they arrive.

Should a desperate hiker find that the water bottles are empty, there 
is off-trail water in Grapevine Canyon at the W-Bar-W Ranch and 
Grapevine Spring. To reach it, follow the obvious jeep spur trail 
leading right, east, down into Grapevine Canyon. Walk about 0.9 miles 
east to a tall, square fence post by a jeep road. Follow the jeep 
road to your left until you pass through a wide gate (10-feet or so). 
=46ollow the fence line to your left to reach the caretaker's house. A 
phalanx of barking dogs will let your presence be known. The 
caretaker, if in residence, will probably come out to meet you. Both 
the owner (Richard) and the caretaker (David) are supporters of the 
PCT and have given their permission for hikers to come on to their 
private property for water. Hikers should return to the PCT to camp 
unless specifically invited by the owner or caretaker to camp in 
Grapevine Canyon.

P 69. Col 1, Par 3: See omissions.

P 69, Col 2, Line 5: (See omissions). Thanks to the efforts of PCT 
Association volunteers, trail tread is now well defined and well 
posted from here to San Ysidro Creek. Follow the undulating path 
almost due north across the meadow, passing some well-trod cattle 
tracks to angle into the shallow mouth of sandy San Ysidro Creek's 
chaparral-clad valley. Along the way, you'll pass below a trickling 
hillside spring seep where cattle often congregate. Later, sweeping 
levelly close alongside that stream's east bank in a grove of live 
oaks, you will see an eight-foot diameter concrete cattle trough at a 
well, just below. The=8A

P 69, Col 2, 10th Line from bottom: see omissions

P 70, Col 1, Line 11: Omit sentence

P 72: Section B orientation map: Add the boundary of the new Santa 
Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

P 73, last line: Section B now also traverses the new crown jewel of 
the Peninsular Ranges: Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National 
Monument, created in October, 2000 to protect 272,000 acres of 
mountains along the vast eastern sweep of those ranges, stretching 
from the Anza Borrego Desert State Park boundary on the south, the 
San Gorgonio Pass on the north. It is hoped that national designation 
will give added protection to the natural, historical and cultural 
resources found along this rugged mountain crest, and help to 
coordinate the efforts of the diverse agencies that share 
jurisdiction over the varied landscape.

P 74, Supplies:  Warner Springs Ranch is the "town" at the start of 
Section B. It is a 2,500-acre private family resort centered on a 
natural hot spring. Established by John Warner in 1844 on the site of 
a Cupe=F1o Indian village, the Ranch became an important stop for the 
historic Butterfield Overland Stage. Subsequent visitors have 
included a large roster of presidents and Hollywood notables. 
Nowadays, Warner Springs Ranch has a few simple inexpensive rooms for 
hikers, as well as plusher accommodations. The Warner Springs Golf 
Grill is a delightful place to cool off and dine. It is located just 
south of the gas station, which, in turn, is next to the post office. 
Pay phones are available. The gas station has limited snack foods. 
Golf and glider rides are available indulgences. The Ranch is small 
and popular, especially in springtime. Hikers desiring any services 
would be wise to make reservations well in advance:

Warner Springs Ranch
P.O. Box 399
Warner Springs, CA 92086
Tel: (760) 782-4255
=46ax: (760) 782-4284
Email: spa@ranchspa.com

P 74, Supplies, line 5: The old Valley Store, in Terwilliger, was a 
beacon for a whole generation of PCT hikers. Unfortunately, it has 
now closed. Instead, use Kamp Anza Kampground, as described on page 
83, column 2. The owners are amazingly hospitable to PCT hikers and 
equestrians. They will hold packages for through-hikers. Send them to:
c/o Your Name
Kamp Anza Kampground
41560 Terwilliger Road
Space 19
Anza CA 92539
Phone: (909) 763-4819
They also have a web site: http://www.jps.net/thebear1/, and can be 
contacted by email at: thebear1@jps.net.

P 74, Supplies, Par 1, Last Line: PCT travelers are welcome at the 
San Jacinto Wilderness State Park's "Hike and Bike" campsite in 
Idyllwild, near the ranger station. It is just a minute from 
downtown. Phone (909) 659-2607.

P 75, Supplies, Par 2, Line 7: Near Hadley's is a truly enormous 
outlet mall, affording the hiker with money to burn the chance to 
purchase the latest in hikers' couture, sports shoes and electronic 
gadgetry, or to refuel at some nice chain restaurants.

P 75, Permits, Last Line: No dogs or fires are ever allowed within 
the State Park.

P 78, Col 1, Par 2: Water Access: delete as noted.

Page 78, Col 1, Par 3, Line 3:
Water Access: From here, Lost Valley Road descends north 0.2 mile to 
reach Lost Valley Spring. The spring has been rehabilitated, and has 
flow well into all but the driest summers. Small campsites are 
available, but of poor quality.
=46rom this junction, the PCT climbs northeast above the spring along a 
0.3-mile spur- =8A

P 78, Col 2, Par 2: Water Access, Line 5: A sign on the tank in 1999 
gave permission from its owners to take some water without first 
asking at the house, below. Be sure to close the valve!

P 81, Col 1, Water Access, Line 6 from bottom: Insert paragraph, as indicate=

P 83, Col 1, par 2: omit as noted.

P 84, Col 1, Par 3, last line: northwest.

P 85- 94: Maps B-6 through B-11: add name and boundary for Santa Rosa 
and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

P 86, Map B8: Add trail from Spitler Saddle to Apple Cyn Rd. Also, 
change name, "Southwell Peak" to, "South Peak".

P 87, Map B7: Omit trail drawn from Cedar Spring west to PCT, and 
from PCT to Eagle Spring, and from Cedar Spring north to 4E04. Also, 
add trail from Spitler Saddle to Apple Cyn Rd, and new alignment of 
=46obes Ranch Trail.

P 88, Col 1, Par 1, end: Here, too, we meet the boundary with the 
brand-new, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, 
whose western edge is defined by the crest of the Desert Divide. We 
will pop into and out of this new reserve, all of the way until we 
descend into San Gorgonio Pass, at the end of Section B.

P88, Col 1, Par 4, Line 7: Expect to cross a few bulldozed jeep roads 
on this traverse-the area south of Lion Peak is private property, 
used for cattle range.

P 88, Col 2, Par 1, Line 3: insert: 
Water Access: Most hikers will ignore the southern branch of this 
good trail, which switchbacks southwest to Morris Ranch Road. 
Instead, head north a short mile down to delightfully shaded flats 
and clear water at Cedar Spring Camp (6330')-- the only permanent 
water along the southern Desert Divide. This is your best choice for 
a first night's camp in the San Jacintos. The next morning, simply 
retrace your steps to the PCT. Old trails that could reconnect hikers 
with the PCT via Lion Spring or Garnet Ridge have fallen into 
disrepair after brushfires in the 1980s, and are not recommended. Be 
sure to carry a full load of water away from Cedar Spring-the day's 
ridge-top walk is hot, sunny and entirely waterless.

P 88, Col 2, Par 3, Line 3: omit as indicated.

P 88, Col 2, Par 4, Line 11: omit as indicated.

P 89, Col 1, Line  13: insert:
Water Access:

P 89, Col 1, Par 1, Last Line: insert:

P 89, col 1, Last Line: Park

P 89, Col 2, Par 1, Line 9: This same shade, however, often creates 
dangerously icy conditions for springtime PCT through-hikers-use 
caution and an ice axe!

P 89, Col 2, Par 1, 4th line from end: South Peak.

P 89, Col 2, Par 2, line 1: South Peak.

P 90, Col 1, par 1, Line 5: Little Tahquitz Trail

P 90, Col 1, par 1, Line 6: insert:
Water Access:

P 90, Col 2, 2nd to last line: , the Willow Creek Trail branching 
northeast to Long Valley, and the Caramba Trail heading southeast, 
back to Tahquitz Valley.

P 91, Col 1, Par 2, Last line: Please note that all camping within 
the State Park must be in designated sites only. Along the PCT, there 
is only one approved campsite: at Strawberry Junction Trail Camp. 
USFS Wilderness Permits are NOT valid for camping in the State Park. 
You must get a separate camping permit for a specific date, to use 
State Park campsites. No dogs or fires are ever allowed within the 
State Park.

P91 Col 1, Par 4, Line 9: Deer Springs Trail

P91 Col 1, Par 4, Line 11: Strawberry Junction Trail Camp

P91 Col 1, Par 5, Line 2: Deer Springs Trail

P91 Col 1, Par 5, Line 6: Deer Springs Trail

P 91, Col 2, Par 4, Line 3: =8A, also called the Deer Springs Trail, =8A

P 91, Col 2, Par 5, Line 6 from bottom: It can also be as treacherous 
as it is tortuous, when shaded early-spring snow patches are 
icy-hard. Poles or an ice axe are often required for safe footing.

P 93, Col 2, Par 3, Line 18: A 3-foot tall concrete water fountain 
stands at the trail junction. This permanent water source is a 
welcome respite after the usually baking-hot descent. (Omit rest of 
paragraph, as indicated).

P 94, col 1, Line 3: omit as indicated

P 95, Col 2, Par 2: Replace first three sentences with: Eventually 
metal posts indicate a bend northwest in the route to soon cross a 
sandy dirt road (1265-0.7). Now you hike left, northwest, slowly 
diverging from the road to hike atop a 20-foot high alluvial bank 
where the busy Southern Pacific Railroad parallels our route, just to 
our north. Shortly, you drop off the north side of the alluvial bank, 
heading towards a tangle of roads at the mouth of Stubbe Canyon Creek 
(1320-0.7), which you were able to see from atop the rise.

P 95, Col 2, Par 2, Last Line: Passing under these bridges also 
finally leads us out of Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National 

P 96, Section C Map: Add new San Gorgonio Wilderness boundary.

P 97, Introduction, Par 2, 2nd to last line: =8Ahighest elevations of the=8A

P 98, Points on Route: add 0.2 mile to the 1.5 distance between 
Mojave River Forks Reservoir Dam and Hwy 173 (total 1.7), and adjust 
all other distances accordingly.

P 98, Supplies, last line: a post office, market and a smattering of 
motels. It also boasts a few nice restaurants, including the quirky 
Wheel Inn, complete with life-sized concrete dinosaur statues, and 
Hadley's: famous for their date milk shakes and mind-boggling array 
of dried fruits. Cabazon is now home to an enormous designer outlet 
mall, where almost any conceivable need for clothing, shoes, 
electronics or sporting goods can be fulfilled.

P 99, Services, Line 5: Fully 10 miles west of West Palm Springs 
Village on Interstate 10 is Banning, which has even more complete 
services than Cabazon.

P 99, Supplies, Par 2, Line 10: Access to Cedar Glen, on the east 
shore of Lake Arrowhead, is facilitated by a very popular hikers' 
access at Hook Creek roadend-getting a ride is usually very easy. 
That road leads up to the convenient Cedar Glen Post Office and 
nearby supermarket, restaurants, shops and motels.

Upon descending Deep Creek to Mojave River Forks Reservoir, about 103 
miles into this section, walkers may opt to head for the desert 
community of Hesperia. Arrowhead Lake Road leads north 2.8 miles to 
Hesperia Lake Park, a delightful enclave with lawn-cushioned camping 
under deep shade, fishing in a small lake, and a small mini-mart. 
Downtown Hesperia lies about 3 miles farther, with all modern 

Crestline, a mountain village similar to Cedar Glen, =8A

P 99, Par 3: Supplies, Par 3, Line 3: There, hikers will find all the 
trappings of modern civilization. Tiffany's Restaurant, the old 
landmark of the Route 138 cloverleaf, is now closed. However, the 
junction now sports 3 gas stations, 3 well-stocked mini-marts and a 
pleasant motel. Also sited there are two of the objects of many 
hikers' fantasies: a Del Taco restaurant and the inexplicably 
ever-popular McDonald's. Undoubtedly, an art museum, opera house and 
a university are not far behind!

The owners of the motel, the ECONOmy Inn, located just west of the 
overpass, have agreed to hold supply boxes for hikers who will rent a 
room for at least one night. This is an excellent option, because 
camping nearby is generally terrible, and, besides, they have a 
swimming pool and a hot tub! Resupply here allows one to avoid the 
lengthy descent to Wrightwood. For details, contact:
	ECONOmy Inn
	8317 U. S. Hwy 138
	Phelan, CA 92371
	Telephone: (760) 249-6777
	Manager: Mr. Vinod Somani

=46rom the Cajon Junction overpass, =8A

P 100, Par 4, Line 5: This is because most nymphal ticks feed on 
Western Fence Lizards, the commonest "blue-belly" lizard of the 
southern California chaparral and mid-elevations of the Sierra range. 
The fence lizards' immune systems clear the Lyme disease parasites 
from the ticks. In any event, it is almost impossible for the tick to 
transmit the Lyme parasite to humans unless the tick has been 
embedded for more than 24 hours-a rare occasion, indeed. Hence, 
prevention is possible by checking carefully for ticks once or twice 
daily.  Lyme disease=8A

P 100, Par 5, last line: "Spotless" forms of the fever are also 
occasionally contracted. They are difficult to diagnose, but the 
history of a prolonged tick-bite will help steep the doctor toward 
the correct diagnosis.

P 100, Par 6, last Line: It rarely affects adults, and is almost 
never seen outside of the Pacific Northwest.

P 101, Map C1: add new San Gorgonio Wilderness (BLM) boundary.

P 102, Col 2, Par 2, Line 3: Second sentence: Replace with: Later, 
you come back alongside the main ravine and momentarily cross a rough 
jeep road (2470-0.5), then continue hiking uphill, just above the 
right-hand edge of the road. After some 60 yards you drop back to the 
dirt road, hike briefly up it, and then rejoin trail tread, departing 
from the left-hand edge of the road. Now inside BLM jurisdiction and 
the expanded San Gorgonio Wilderness=8A

P 102, Col 2, Par 2, Line 5: Omit and modify as noted.

P 102, Col 2, Par 2, Line 21: This pass is now the approximate 
southern boundary of the expanded San Gorgonio Wilderness Area, which 
the PCT will climb through, until the head of North Fork Mission 

P 103, Col 1, Par 2, Last Line: Hikers should ignore a beckoning 
oasis of trees and lush mowed grass, just across the Whitewater 
River, to the east. This is the private Whitewater Trout Farm, where 
hikers have been consistently unwelcome for many years. Please avoid 
this private property and camp west of the river.

P 104, Map C2: add new boundary of San Gorgonio Wilderness Area.

P 104, Col 1, Line 3, end: One species that hikers thankfully won't 
have to see anymore are cattle--Mission Creek Ranch, which owns land 
traversed by the PCT, alternating in a checkerboard fashion with BLM, 
has now been purchased by the Wildlands Conservancy. All cattle 
grazing has been eliminated from the area, which should make 
campsites and water much cleaner. The bad news, for some, is that, 
since the area is now being managed with a more-aggressive 
pure-wilderness ethic, the once-popular "Hiker Haven", a private 
wilderness hostel in upper South Fork Mission Creek canyon, has been 
dismantled. There are numerous other, more primitive options for 
camping, anywhere along the lower reaches of Mission Creek, however.

P 104, Col 1, Par 2, Line 12: New trail construction above 5500' in 
North Fork Mission Creek now carries the trail up into a northern 
side-canyon (in the NW corner of Map C3), before traversing to the 
pleasant creekside camp (6110-3.1).

P 104, Col 2, Par 2, Line 4, Sentence 2: Substitute: Eventually, the 
trail crosses to the south side of Mission Creek, where you will 
definitely want to tank up, since there might not be water at Mission 
Creek Trail Camp.  After hiking on the south side of the creek for a 
ways, the trail recrosses to the north bank, where you are faced with 
some brief rollercoaster ascents and descents. Trail tread ends at a 
rough jeep road (7850-4.0) built to log the forested flats south of 
Mission Creek. Follow its overgrown tracks west up along willowy 
creekside meadows to meet gravel road 1N93 (7965- 0.3) at a PCT 

P 106, Map C4: add new San Gorgonio Wilderness boundary.

P 110: Map C7: Paul: The road identified on the maps as 3N08 has been 
redesignated as 3N16.

P 112, Col 1, Line 1: Doble Road 3N16.

P 113, Map C8: Change Road numbers to 3N16, as indicated. Note, 
however, that the designation, 3N08, on the road near Hitchcock 
Spring, on the northwest corner of Map C8, is correct.

P 114, Map C10: insert "Bench Camp" as indicated.

P 116, Col 1, Par 1, Line 9: Most of the alders hereabouts were 
spared, but the surrounding hillsides are charred by the massive and 
devastating Willow Fire, which began August 28, 1999. The PCT from 
this point, all of the way down Holcomb Creek and Deep Creek, to 
Mojave River Forks Reservoir dam, was blackened by that blaze, 
started by a thoughtless camper. Much of the streamside vegetation is 
living, but beware of blow-downs and falling limbs. Pushing on,=8A

P 116, Col 2, Par 1, Last Line: =8A, thankfully unburned.

A few minutes later, our side-hill traverse passes the 
now-enormously-rutted Crab Flats Trail, which has been heavily abused 
by motocross riders. Nearing the alder-and-cedar-shaded banks of 
Holcomb Creek once again, we pass less-appealing, signed Bench Camp, 
and then a few nice ersatz campsites. Soon afterward, the trail 
ascends onto burned-almost-bare hillsides.

P 116, Col 2, Par 2, last Line: Note that all of Deep Creek is a Wild 
Trout Area, with 2-fish daily limit, minimum 8 inches each, no bait 
allowed and barbless hooks required.

P 116, Col 2, par 3, Line 4: The very busy trailhead, called, 
"Splinters Cabin", has toilets, tables and a shady ramada-a perfect 
lunch-spot while waiting for a ride up to Lake Arrowhead.  Hook Creek 
Road =8A.

P 116, Col 2, Par 4, Line 3: Unfortunately, the Willow fire 
thoroughly scorched Deep Creek in 1999, and you can expect the entire 
gorge to be shadeless.

P 117, Map C11: mark "Splinters Cabin Trailhead", and redraw Hook 
Creek Road 2N26Y as paved to Hooks Creek ford. Also remark Bacon 
=46lats Rd as "3N34D" and mark Devil's Hole.

P 117, Col 1, Last Line: =8ABacon Flats Road 3N34D (4255-2.6), just 
above the popular Devil's Hole fishing area. It offers=8A

P 118, Col 1, Line 2: omit as indicated.

P 118, Col 1, par 2, Last Line: Be advised that camping is not 
allowed in this area, and rangers patrol the trail frequently.

P 118, Col 2, Par 1, Last Line: standing in the maw of the spillway, 
we find a small exhibit that describes efforts to save the endangered 
arroyo southwestern toad. Fair camping exists below the dam's 
spillway, in groves of willow and cottonwood beside a pooling oxbow 
in Deep Creek. Pick your campsite with care, since 2-, 3- and 
4-wheeled off road vehicles can be anywhere. This is the vicinity of 
an old Mojave Indian village called, "Atongai". It was visited by 
Padre Garces, a member of de Anza's expeditions, in 1776. A mission 
was built hereabouts in 1819. Rallying, perhaps to save the arroyo 
southwestern toad, the indigenous tribes massacred the missionaries a 
few years later. Their efforts against the Army Corps of Engineers 
were apparently less successful.

P 118, Col 2, Resupply: omit as indicated

P 118, Col 2, Last Par: Omit and substitute: The next morning, rejoin 
the PCT atop the dam. The designated PCT route from this point 
actually drops southwest back to the foot of the dam, on flats beside 
Deep Creek, but an overgrowth of brush, fields of nettle and foxtails 
and a welter of dirt-bike paths have essentially obliterated the way. 
Instead, cross the spillway, then turn up to the crest of the dam at 
a paved spur. Now proceed left, in a westward arc across the top of 
the boulder-faced dam, treading a one-lane paved road. The dam ends 
on the eastern shoulder of Hill 3353 at a road junction (3170-0.6), 
close beside a small concrete building with a tall radio mast.
Resupply Access: Hesperia can be reached from this point. Continue 
walking westerly on the paved road, swinging north around Hill 3353, 
then across the top of another dam segment, eventually reaching busy, 
2-lane paved Arrowhead Lake Road (0.7). Now walk right, north, gently 
down past increasing numbers of homes, about 6 miles to downtown 
Hesperia. Hesperia Lake Park is found on the right, in just 2.8 
miles, offering cool, shady camping beside a small lake, with 
showers, phones and a small convenience store. Contact Hesperia 
Recreation and Parks District, 7500 Arrowhead Lake Road, Hesperia CA 
92340, or call (619) 244-5951 for more information.
=46rom the western end of Mojave River Forks Dam, the PCT turns left, 
southeast from atop the dam's paved road, dropping moderately down a 
gravel road that traces the edge of the dam's face. This road 
services a paralleling row of 4-to-5-foot-high white and black posts 
which mark theoretical depths of the reservoir, after some future 
biblical rainfall. At the base of the dam, a 10-foot tall white metal 
depth-marker (3000-0.2) indicates the point where the 
now-more-visible original PCT route joins levelly from the left, 
east. We turn right, southwest, on the sandy trail, and in just a 
moment plunge through a phalanx of willows to a usually shallow but 
wide and rocky ford (2295-0.1) to the south side of Deep Creek. Now 
scramble up a sandy bank to a low alluvial terrace, just west of the 
mouth of a small, rocky canyon. Here the trail-an old jeep 
track-becomes more distinct. Trace it west above=8A

P 119, Col 1, Par 2, Line 9: paved road (3010-0.4)

P. 120, Col 1, Line 2 from bottom: =8A you come to a flat area where an 
ascending jeep road from Highway l73 seems to terminate upon reaching 
the PCT (3480- 2.6).

P 123, Map C16: The black trail line has a registration problem: it 
was printed about one twelfth of an inch too low.

P 124, Col 2, Par 2, Line 7: Another fire has charred this area. It 
did not affect navigation, but certainly adds to the feeling of 

P 125, Col 2: Resupply access, Line 8: =8AChevron gas station with a 
large convenience market, and a McDonald's restaurant.

P 125, Col 2, Last Line: =8A are two more gas stations, another 
mini-mart, a Del Taco restaurant, and the ECONOmy Inn motel, as 
described in the introduction.

P 128: Points on Route: add 1.1 mile to distance between Cooper 
Canyon Trail Camp and Three Points, and adjust all other mileages 

P 128: Points on Route: add 1.2 mile to distance between Antelope 
Valley Freeway and Vasquez Rocks, and adjust all other mileages 

P 128: Supplies, Line 1: At the Start of Section D, minimal supplies 
can be purchased at either of two convenience stores=8A

P 128, Supplies, Last Line: =8A, or by hitch-hiking east on busy 
Angeles Crest Highway 2, 27.2 miles from the start of this section. 
=46rom Wrightwood, inexpensive public busses leave four times daily to 
Victorville. This large, sprawling Mojave Desert community has none 
of Wrightwood's charm or cool temperatures, but it does afford many 
more conveniences.

P 129, Supplies: Line 6: =8Ahas a small convenience store, but, as of 
2001, has neither a full grocery store nor a post office (the closest 
is in Acton). It also boasts three great restaurants, a hardware 
store and feed store, a veterinarian and a hair salon. This area may 
also have the largest concentration of dedicated "trail angels" 
anywhere along the length of the PCT. ***Omit next section on 
Saufleys:***These include Donna and Jeff Saufley. Their "Hiker 
Heaven", just 0.9 mile from the center of Agua Dulce, affords 
through-hikers with all the amenities needed before proceeding north 
across the 9-10 day desert trek to Kennedy Meadows in the southern 
Sierra. Through their amazingly generous hospitality, a guesthouse 
with showers, laundry and kitchen and a spacious, shady yard are 
available to all hikers, free of charge, throughout the season. They 
also offer a telephone and a computer for email. Equestrians and 
livestock are welcome. The Saufleys are gold mines of information 
about current trail and water conditions. They will send and receive 
hiker's packages and other mail, if addressed to:
PCT Hiker (Your Name)
C/O the Saufley's
11861 Darling Road
Agua Dulce, CA 91350

They can also be contacted at (661) 268-1235, or on the Internet at 
dsaufley@sprynet.com  Ask at the store or any of the restaurants for 
a referral to one of these familes, or subscribe to the Internet's 
PCT-List at  PCT-L@mailman.backcountry.net, for up-to-date seasonal 
contact information.

P 129, Col 2: insert: Fires: No campfires of any kind are allowed in 
Angeles National Forest, outside of designated campgrounds. Use gas 
stoves only.

P 130, Col 1, Line 8: =8A gas station, mini-market and a MacDonald's restaur=

P 132, Col. 1, Par 2: Soon the trail crosses the newer Southern 
Pacific Railroad tracks (3020-0.8) and swings to the right along a 
dirt access road for 30 yards, before bending southwest to wind....

P 132, Col 1, Par 2, Line 6: At one point, you amble south along a 
jeep road (keeping to the right where the road forks) for 100 yards, 
before trail tread resumes on the right side of the road.

P 132, Col. 1, Last Par: Insert: Upon reaching the second powerline 
road, ascend south up the road for 150 yards before resuming trail 
tread on the right side of the road.

P 132, Col 2, Par 1, Last Line: Spring 2001.

P 136, Map D5: add Dawson Saddle Trail from shoulder of Throop Peak.

P 136, Col 2, Line 8: The Narrows Fire, a 9,437-acre wildfire, burned 
a large portion of the headwaters of East Fork of San Gabriel River 
canyon hereabouts during August, 1997. It was started by a hiker who 
was conscientiously, but unwisely, burning toilet paper. Suppression 
of the blaze required an estimated $8 million. We will encounter 
burned terrain off-and-on, all along upper Blue Ridge, to Grassy 
Hollow Visitor Center.

P 138, Col 1, Line 1: =8Apast a returning loop of the nature trail,=8A

P 138, Col 1, Par 1, Line 4: Grassy Hollow Visitor Center,

P 138, Col 1, Par 1, Last Line: =8Ainterpretive center and part-time 
ranger station.

P 138, Col 1, Par 2, Line 7: It has piped water and toilets 
throughout summer, even in drought years.

P 138, Col 1, Par 2, Last Line: Vincent Gulch Divide (6585-0.8).

P 138, Col 2, Last Line: With care, adequate camping for a dozen 
hikers can be found hereabouts.

P 139, Col 1, Par 2, Line 2: A number of small, exceptionally scenic 
but waterless camps can be made along the ridgeline between Mt Baden 
Powell and Throop Peak. In early season, melting snowdrifts might be 
a source of water. Later, we ascend two small switchbacks and pass =8A

P 139, Col 2, par 2, Line 10: =8A and unused..

P 139, Col 2, Par 2, Line 14: the cliff now known to rock-climbers as 
Williamson Rock, =8A

P 139, Col 2, Par 2, Line 5 from bottom: We ascend it to pleasantly 
shaded Cooper Canyon Trail Campground (6240-1.2), with reliable 
water. Here PCT trail tread branches right, northwest from the 
still-climbing road, briefly paralleling it before turning northward 
up a ravine. In a sunny open forest of Jeffrey pine amid tufts of 
silvery-leaved, multi-hued lupine, the way winds up and across a 
hillside, merges subtly with a disused jeep road, and winds to a 
ridgetop gap (6700--1.0) at the head of Winston Ridge. Here we can 
look west down brushy Squaw Canyon to the Sulfur Spring vicinity. Now 
the jeep-road-cum-trail ambles gently up over the eastern shoulder of 
Winston Peak, then drops momentarily to cross the better dirt road 
(6640-0.6) that returns to Cooper Canyon Trail Campground. Blow that 
road, your way traverses southwest back into Cooper Canyon, where a 
tier of sandy flats, shaded by pines, fir and cedar next to the 
permanent, trickling headwaters of Cooper Canyon creek (6530-0.4) 
affords the last nice camps before Sulfur Springs Campground. Now, 
via small, steep switchbacks, the PCT tackles the finals slopes to 
gain the better dirt road just below its end at Cloudburst Summit 
(7018-0.8). Here, =8A

P 140, Map D7: Add new trail in head of Cooper Canyon. Also rename 
Eagle's Roost as, Williamson Rock. Also omit 2 old trails below 
Eagles Roost Picnic Area.

P 144: Photo: Eagles Roost: change to, "Waterman Rock"

P 145, Col 1, par 1, Line 7: Insert: 
Water Access: Here, too, one may descend south=8A

P 145, Col 2, Par 1, Line 9: =8A eventually turns south across the nose 
of a ridge. There it finds a very short, signed side-trail 
(5640-3.1), that drops 80 feet down to cross dirt Road 4N24 and finds 
the new, waterless location of Big Buck Trail Camp. It sits just off 
the road in a pine plantation. The PCT continues south, and soon 
switchbacks down=8A

P 145, Col 2, Par 1, Line 13: Road 4N24 (5500-0.6).

P 145, Col 2, Par 1, Line 20: constitutes the best camp between Mill 
Creek Summit and Messenger Flats,=8A

P 145, Col 2, Last line: Contaminated water here has, occasionally in 
the past, sickened groups of PCT hikers, so you might be wisest to 
filter it. The next certain water is at North Fork Ranger Station, in 
5.5 miles. Water is variably found in early spring just before the 
PCT crosses Moody Canyon Road-1.4 miles from Messenger Fiats 

P 147, Col 2, Line 3: Seasonal water is available here, from the 
headwaters of Mill Canyon.

P 149, Col 1, Line 7: Omit as indicated.

P 149, Par. 1, Line 27: Water access may be more certain a short way 
back up-canyon.

P 149, Col 2, Par 4, Line 6: =8Amarked by a brown metal PCT post.

P 149, Col 2, Par 4, Line 9: =8A often obscured by a growth of grasses 
and waist-high mustard.

P 149, Col 2, Par 4, Line 13: Here you can walk east 3 minutes along 
a fence around the RVs to the Cypress Park Resort, which welcomes 

P 150, Map D13: mark new PCT route across Soledad Canyon floor. Also 
draw new PCT tread through Vasquez Rocks County Park.

P 150, Col. 1, Par 2, Line 1: Don't dismay if you lose the route as 
you emerge on the extensively bulldozed north banks of the river. 
Trail tread is washed away by every spring's floods, and hence the 
way is often confusing. Your indistinct path empties onto a flat 
alluvial maze of dirt roads, debris piles, and other assorted rubble. 
Head north toward the far valley wall via the easiest route. Find a 
dirt road adjacent to a barbed wire fence, itself just south of the 
Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. Now follow the road a short 
distance right, east, to where you come to a break in the fence 
marked with PCT emblems. It=8A

P 151, Col 1, Line 6: Cypress Park Resort

P 151, Col 1, Par 2, Line 16: =8Agap (2780-0.7)=8A

P 151, Col 2, par 3, Last sentence: omit as indicated

P 151, Col. 2, Last Par, Line 4: Looking north, one sees the old PCT 
leading steeply up a hillside.  However, the PCT continues to head 
southwest, downstream, between the purple walls of rock. You will 
cross the creek six more times, where it seasonally pools and 
trickles over a sandy bottom. Look for tadpoles, and beware of poison 
oak and nettles. Find a delightfully cool lunch-stop cave under an 
overhang of the tallest southern cliff, or pick the shade of a 
checkerboard-barked sycamore tree.  Moments later, you climb easily 
northwest away from the streamside, up and over the southwest end of 
a low ridge. A few yards later, find a three-way signed junction with 
an equestrian trail (2315-0.9), which takes off to the left, 
southwest. Follow the PCT the right, heading northeast up a very 
steep section of trail. This deposits you on a little-used dirt road 
on the north rim of Escondido Canyon, surrounded by a springtime 
profusion of Whipple's yucca.

P 152, Col 1, par 1, Line 7: omit as indicated.

P 152, Col 1, Par 2, Line 1: Now begin a very gentle ascent northeast =8A

P 152, Col 1, Par 2, Line 6: =8Ajunction (2435-0.8), =8A

P 152, Col 1, Par 2, Line 12: Just before this gate is a green 
drinking fountain with year-round water, a horse hitching-post with 
its own water supply, and the delightful shade of a large Brazilian 
pepper tree-perfect for lunch or camping. From the drinking fountain, 
the treadles PCT veers right, north for a few yards, then, developing 
a discernable tread, heads northwest, just to the north of a 20-30 
high overhanging cobbly cliff band. Walking here may give you a sense 
of d=E9j=E0 vu-appropriately so, since these spectacular rock 
outcroppings have been made famous by dozens of cowboy movies and TV 
ads. From a rocky gap below the summit of these rocks, you descend 
easily west. The path now serves dual-duty as a nature trail, and 
numerous signs teach you the names of many chaparral species that you 
have encountered throughout the park. Soon, we wind near a number of 
homes just outside the Park's north boundary, then amble northwest,=8A

Page 152, Col 2, Line 8: Escondido Canyon Road (2510-0.7).

P 152, Col 2, Las par: Omit as indicated

P 152, Col 2, Par 2, Line 1: For the next 2 miles, the PCT is 
temporarily sited along the shoulder of busy paved roads. Hopefully, 
this road-walk will be eliminated in the next few years. Due in large 
part to tireless lobbying by the PCT Association, $1.5 million was 
appropriated in December 1999 for a 3-mile connector between trail in 
Vasquez Rocks and lower Mint Canyon. For the meanwhile, however, here=8A

P 152, Last Line: the Saufley's Hikers Heaven (see "Supplies", at the 
start of this section) is only 0.9 miles west of here, at 11861 
Darling Road.

P 156: Section E "Points on Route": Add 0.5 mile to mileage between 
Old Sierra Highway and Bear Spring (6.8 total). Also, North-to-South 
mileages do not add up properly on the chart.

P 156: Supplies: Line 1: =8Ahas a small convenience store, but, as of 
2001, has neither a full grocery store or a post office (the closest 
is in Acton). It also boasts three great restaurants, a hardware 
store and feed store, a veterinarian and a hair salon. This area may 
also have the largest concentration of dedicated "trail angels" 
anywhere along the length of the PCT. ***Omit next section on 
Saufleys***These include Donna and Jeff Saufley. Their "Hiker 
Heaven", just 0.9 mile from the center of Agua Dulce, affords 
through-hikers with all the amenities needed before proceeding north 
across the 9-10 day desert trek to Kennedy Meadows in the southern 
Sierra. Through their amazingly generous hospitality, a guesthouse 
with showers, laundry and kitchen and a spacious, shady yard are 
available to all hikers, free of charge, throughout the season. They 
also offer a telephone and a computer for email. Equestrians and 
livestock are welcome. The Saufleys are gold mines of information 
about current trail and water conditions. They will send and receive 
hiker's packages and other mail, if addressed to:
PCT Hiker (Your Name)
C/O the Saufley's
11861 Darling Road
Agua Dulce, CA 91350

They can also be contacted at (661) 268-1235, or on the Internet at 

Many hikers=8A

P 156, Supplies, Line 13: Lake Hughes is the logical resupply point 
for those hikers opting to take the shorter alternate route across 
the Mojave.

P 156, Supplies, Last Line: At Highway 138, the same point where one 
would detour east to Lancaster, hikers can walk west, instead, 1.3 
miles to The Country Store. Seven days a week, you'll find water, 
cold drinks and snacks, minimal groceries, medical items and a phone. 
Also available are horse feed, a corral, and even a PCT Association 
trail register. The Country Store will accept PCT traveler's resupply 
boxes and hold them for no charge. Send them to:
c/o Your Name
The Country Store
Star Route 138 (mail)
28105 Hwy 138 (UPS direct)
Lancaster, CA 93536-9207
Phone (805) 724-9097

P 157, Line 1: =8Aincluding a K-Mart,=8A

P 157, Supplies, Line 3: Tehachapi has PCT host families who will 
help with travel to and from the trailhead-contact them via PCT-List, 
on the Internet.

P 157, Supplies, Line 5: It now sports a large shopping center, with 
fast food, pharmacy and groceries, and some chain motels, which sit 
right at the junction of Highway 58 and Highway 14. This makes a 
visit to Mojave quite convenient, for those who do not have to 
continue on to the post office. Also in Mojave is a PCT-hiker's 
institution: White's Motel at 16100 Sierra Highway. Call (661) 
824-2421, or (800) 762-4596 (for reservations only). The 
hiker-friendly managers offer inexpensive accommodations and a 
swimming pool, and free shuttle service up to the PCT on Tehachapi 
Pass. The motel is, conveniently, only 2 blocks from the post office.

How to choose between Tehachapi and Mojave for resupply? Tehachapi is 
much cooler, prettier and quieter. It has a somewhat greater depth of 
resources, but is not a lot better. For some, it will be a little 
harder to reach than Mojave. Mojave has the advantage of the services 
of White's Motel, and a more-compact town plan - it is easier for 
walkers. For the ravenous, it has a superior mix of fast-food 
restaurants. On the minus side, it is usually blisteringly hot, 
always depressingly ugly, and constantly barraged by the noise of a 
stream of auto traffic and dozens of passing trains. It is the 
antithesis of the ideal PCT experience.

P 157, par 2: insert: Fires: No campfires of any kind are allowed in 
Angeles National Forest, outside of designated campgrounds. Use gas 
stoves only.

P 158, Par 3, Line 2: =8AMay 1,=8A

P 158: Par 3, Line 4:  Note, too, that all campground water in the 
Saugus District of Angeles National Forest (north of Agua Dulce) has 
been turned off, because of uncertain contamination of the water 
supplies with giardia and cryptosporidia parasites. This should not 
inconvenience PCT travelers overly, since the (untreated) streams and 
springs that supply the campgrounds are still as accessible as ever.

P 160, Col. 1, Par. 2, line 1: substitute: The PCT route begins by 
climbing momentarily northeast up this road, ignoring a 
right-branching spur, then descends for a short while. The road then 
ascends moderately again, on exposed slopes of withered chamise on 
the east flank of Mint Canyon. Pass a second right-branching spur. 
Walk up past a chain link fence and pass back inside the Angeles 
National Forest boundary, to find a resumption of trail tread 
(2905-0.4) some 50 yards beyond a large steel electrical tower.

P 160, Col 1, Par 3, Line 1: Leaving the saddle, one sees the old Big 
Tree Trail heading steeply up the spine of the ridge. The PCT, 
however, starts a traverse to the left of the ridge, gaining 
elevation gradually at first, on cobbly schist tread. You climb more 
rapidly as the path drifts off to the northwest, presenting excellent 
over-shoulder vistas south to the bizarre Vasquez rocks, purported 
refuge of bandit Tiburcio Vasquez, and more eastward to Mts. Gleason, 
Williamson and Baden-Powell. Eventually, you switchback steeply up 
almost to the ridge, where you switchback again, back to the north. 
The climb moderates, and quickly reaches Sierra Pelona Ridge Road 
6N07 (4500--2.7). Now turn right, east, and walk gently up to a low 
saddle (4555-0.3). Here, atop Sierra Pelona Ridge, wind gusts have 
been measured in excess of 100 miles per hour. Now, =8A

P 160, Col. 2, Line 7: The springhead's dripping pipe is about 35 
feet uphill from the trail, while a metal trough is just below the 

P 160, Col 2, Line 5 from bottom: =8Ajunction (3785-0.6)=8A

P. 161, Line 1:... Bouquet Canyon Road 6N05 (3340-0.9).

P 162, Map E6: Re-label roads: Now "Pine Canyon Road" west of jct 
with Elizabeth Lake Cyn Rd, and is now "Elizabeth Lake Road" if east 
of that junction. Also mark Alternate Route.

P 163, Map E5: Re-label road as, "Elizabeth Lake Road".

P 164, Col 1, par 2, Line 17: ... southwest. San Francisquito 
Campground no longer exists, but there is a trail camp near the 
ranger station, under shady canyon live oaks. A restaurant is now 
found at the junction of San Francisquito Canyon Road and Spunky 
Canyon Road, 1.7 miles southwest of the ranger station. Green Valley, 
which has a combined post office, grocery store and restaurant, as 
well as phones and a fire station, is just beyond that road junction.

P 165, Col 1, Par 2, Line 4: =8A know which of the less- reliable 
sources ahead are truly available, before you leave this point. 
(Check with the Saufleys in Agua Dulce or on the Internet 
PCT-List-see, "Supplies", at the start of Section E).

P 165, Col 2, Line 1: A small convenience store sits at the 
intersection of Elizabeth Lake Canyon Road and Newvale Drive. Other=8A

P 165, Col 2, Lines 7 & 9: Paul: rename, "Elizabeth Lake Road".

P 165, Col 2, par 1, Last Line: The Lake Hughes Post Office is 
another 0.5 mile east along the highway.
Alternate Route:
Travelers who do not want to walk along the sunny, frequently very 
hot route of the permanent PCT route along the Los Angeles Aqueduct, 
might consider the following alternate. It follows an old temporary 
PCT route, used during the 1970's, past Lake Hughes, north across 
Portal Ridge, then down past Fairmont Reservoir to 170th Street West. 
This road is followed arrow-straight across the western arm of 
Antelope Valley, to re-strike the PCT at the mouth of Cottonwood 
Canyon, where there is a permanent water-source. Overall, it 
subtracts 26.0 miles from the distance between Elizabeth Lake Canyon 
Road and Highway 58 at Tehachapi Pass. It also makes Lake Hughes a 
logical resupply point. Despite these attractions, the author does 
NOT recommend this route, compared to the permanent PCT alignment. 
Despite the fact that it does cut out one day's worth of arguably 
uninteresting walk alongside the LA Aqueduct, it has little else to 
offer. By taking the alternate, you will miss the gorgeous open black 
oak forests along the crests of Sawmill and Liebre Mountains, and 
many terrific vistas over the Antelope Valley to the Tehachapis. Most 
of all, you will miss the true Pacific crest, which is accurately 
traversed by the next stretch of trail.

Begin the alternate route by following the Resupply Access, above, 
heading north along Elizabeth Lake Canyon Road to Newvale Drive 
(3225--1.5-1.5). Turn right, east on Newvale Drive, passing homes, to 
reach busy Elizabeth Lake Road (3245-- 0.3-1.8). You walk levelly 
right, southeast, to left-branching Lakeview Road (3235-0.3-2.1). 
"Downtown" Lake Hughes is five blocks to the east. Your next chance 
for water is at Fairmont Reservoir, 3.8 miles, while your next 
supplies are found at the end of this section, in Tehachapi or Mojave.

Ascend north on Lakeview Road, passing a few residences, then 
following the twisting dirt road up to the top of grassy, viewful 
Portal Ridge, which is a mass of granite thrust up by the powerful 
San Andreas Fault to the south. Your dirt road 7N03 passes a few more 
ridgetop homes as it winds east to splendid vistas over the western 
Antelope Valley, then turns north on Road 7N16 at the entrance to Sky 
Haven Ranch (3790-1.4-3.5). Now you descend through a gate, down a 
ridge alongside the head of Myrick Canyon to reach a welter of dirt 
and paved roads at the south end of the dam of breezy, barren 
=46airmont Reservoir (3045-2.4-5.9), storage for the Los Angeles 
Aqueduct. Walk north atop the dam, eventually arcing west, then leave 
it at dirt Aqueduct Road (3045-0.8-6.7) at the dam's northwest end. 
This road heads north to dirt Avenue H (3040-0.4-7.1), which we 
follow briefly right, east to its intersection with wide dirt 170th 
Street West (3001-0.2-7.3), in a weedy field.

The PCT temporary route itself goes north, soon crossing the tempting 
California Aqueduct (2960-0.3-7.6) where hikers must tank up-the next 
certain drinking water on-route is clear across deserty Antelope 
Valley, at the Los Angeles Aqueduct, in 13.6 miles. Continue 
northward, gently down 170th Street West, past a horse ranch to busy, 
paved Lancaster Road (2805-1.1-8.7), where the road we were on is 
signed, 167th Street West. Turn left and then trek north, then west, 
to a continuation of 170th Street West (2785-0.6-9.3), now paved.
Head due north, arrow-straight across wind-swept Antelope Valley, 
which is dotted here and there with alfalfa, onion, barley and 
sugar-beet plantations. Irrigation sprinklers at these farms might be 
a source of emergency water. You will also see diminishing stands of 
Joshua trees. At one time, Joshua trees, or tree yuccas, were more 
widely distributed, as evidenced by fossils of an extinct giant 
yucca-feeding ground sloth found in southern Nevada where Joshua 
trees are no longer living. These giant members of the lily plant 
family, with their unusually branched, sometimes human forms, were 
likened by Mormon pioneers to the figure of Joshua, pointing the 
route to the Great Salt Lake-whence their name. Botanists now know 
that Joshua trees will not branch at all unless their trunk-tip 
flowers are damaged by wind or boring beetles. Each time a Joshua 
tree blossoms, an event determined by rainfall or temperature, it 
sprouts a foot-long panicle of densely clustered greenish-white 
blooms that become football-shaped fruits later in the year. But 
Joshua trees cannot pollinate themselves. Like other yuccas, their 
pollen is too heavy to reach another plant, even in strong desert 
winds, so they rely on a symbiotic relationship with the little white 
Pronuba yucca moth. Unlike other insects, which might unwittingly 
carry pollen from one plant to another, the Pronuba moth makes a 
separate trip to carry pollen, which it stuffs deep into a Joshua 
tree blossom. It then drills a hole in the base of the flower, where 
it lays an egg. When the Pronuba moth grub hatches, it has fruit to 
feed upon. Another animal that apparently can't live without Joshua 
trees or other yuccas is the small, mottled night-lizard, which hides 
under fallen Joshua trees, feeding on termites, spiders and ants.

Halfway across Antelope Valley, we walk on sediments eroded from the 
Tehachapi and San Gabriel Mountains, which geologists estimate are up 
to 5000 feet thick. Pavement on 170th Street West ends at Rosamond 
Boulevard (2761-8.5-17.8), near Antelope valley's north margin. 
Continue straight ahead, north, on sandy dirt road. Soon, our route 
takes the form of two closely paralleling roads-take the one that is 
easiest on your feet. Cross numerous sandy washes amid scattered 
Joshua trees, junipers, ubiquitous low gray bur-sage and green 
creosote bushes. Note how evenly spaced the glossy-leaved creosote 
shrubs are. They secrete a toxin, washed to the ground by rains, that 
poisons nearby plant growth, allowing them enough root-space to 
gather the water supply they need.  Observant walkers may note some 
of the creosote bushes growing in clustered rings, up to a few yards 
apart. Botanists have discovered that toot-crown branching by those 
shrubs results in rings of plants, each one a genetically identical 
clone of the original colonizing plant. By radiocarbon dating and 
growth-rate measurements, scientists have found some creosote bush 
clonal rings growing in the Mojave Desert with an estimated are of 
11,000 years-far older than the well-known longevous bristlecone pine!

Eventually, strike dirt Broken Arrow Road (2914-1.6-19.4), which 
branches left, northwest sandily up the low open alluvial mouth of 
Cottonwood Creek canyon, carrying a pole-line. Ascend easily, passing 
numerous smaller off-shooting roads that are often abuzz with 
motorcycles. You finally rejoin the permanent PCT route at the 
subterranean Los Angeles Aqueduct (3120-1.8-21.2) and its paralleling 
roads, just 0.1 mile east of the shade and permanent water at the 
Cottonwood Creek bridge.

P 166, Col 2, Par 1, Line 5: A few yards down a gully south of the 
road is signed Fish Creek Canyon PCT Trail Camp, constructed by Boy 
Scouts in 1984. It has a table and a fire pit in a hillside field of 
pentstemon and mariposa lilies, but, unfortunately, the nearby water 
tank is firmly shuttered, so the camp is waterless. Back on the 
trail, you walk 35 yards northwest along the road to where trail 
tread resumes.

P 166, Map E8: Add jeep road at Liebre Mtn summit, and Red Rock Water Tank.

P 167, Map E7: Add Fish Creek Canyon Trail Camp, and Maxwell Trail 
Camp, and water tank at road junction on west edge of map.

P 167, Col 1, Par 1, Line 4: These rough access roads mark the site 
of a small plantation of trees, whose young coulter pines and 
incense-cedars shade pleasant Maxwell Trail Camp, which is just 100 
feet north, down the first road. It has a unique "guzzler" 
self-filling water tank, where green algae-stained water is available 
to wildlife and hikers alike. Even nicer camping lies just a minute 
before you strike the first road down to the trail camp.

P 167, col 1, par 2, Line 2: insert:
Water Access:

P 167, Col 1, Par 2, Line 7: Change as indicated

P 167, Col 2, par 1, end: Insert: 

P 168, Map E9: add water tank near Bear Campground.

P 168, Col 1, Line 3: Pine Canyon Road

P 168, Col 1, Line 3, end: Insert: 
Water Access:
Just west of this intersection, 200 feet up the hillside, lies a 
10,000 gallon buried concrete water tank, used by firefighters. Its 
rectangular steel lid is usually unlocked, making it a good site for 
resupply. Adequate, if sunny camping is nearby.

P 169, Col 1, Line 1: Step across a jeep road that crosses the 
saddle, then descend easily northwest, still just under the truck 
Water Access:
Soon after beginning your descent, look north, just across the road, 
for another water tank-the 10,000 gallon Red Rock Water Tank, with a 
usually-removable yellow iron lid. Wind 50 feet through low brush to 
reach it. Camping nearby will be shadeless and hot. 

Page 169, Col 1, Par 1, Last Line: insert:
Water Access:
Another water tank can be reached from this point. Walk back right, 
east, 100 yards down the road. Look north down a shallow gully, under 
an open grove of black oaks, where a fiberglass water tank lies under 
a low white corrugated aluminum roof, for the use of wildlife and 
hikers. The best camping would be 3 minutes back down the road, at 
Bear Campground.

P 169, col 2, Par 2, Line 8: If you choose to camp here in early 
season, you may find water 100-200 feet down the gully to the east.

P 170, Map E10: Add location of The Country Store, and mark 269th 
Street West and Neenach School Road. Also change location of Neenach 
Elementary School. Also mark 260th Street West as paved.

P 171, Col 1, Line 4: =8Aproperty. A moment later, you step across 
seasonally trickling Cow Spring Canyon creek, which runs into late 
May of all but the driest years. Next, the path =8A

P 171, col 1, Par 3, Line 1: A brown sign-post marks=8A

P 171, Col 2, Par 1, Line 7: =8A signed 269th Street West.

P 171, Col 2, Par 2: omit

P 171, Col 2, Par 3, Line 1: delete as indicated.

P 171, Col 2, Par 3, Line 8: =8ABarnes Ranch Road at its junction with 
paved Neenach School Road (2992-0.5).
Water and Resupply Access:
Water is available just north of this point, during school hours, 
from Neenach Elementary School. Alternatively, "The Country Store", 
is about 1.1 miles west on Barnes Ranch Road, which merges with 
Highway 138 in about 1/2 mile. Use it as a resupply point, if needed, 
instead of going to Tehachapi or Lancaster. Seven days a week, you'll 
find water, cold drinks and snacks, minimal groceries, medical items 
and a phone. Also available are horse feed, a corral, and even a PCT 
Association trail register. The Country Store will accept PCT 
traveler's resupply boxes and hold them for no charge. Send them to:
C/o Your Name
The Country Store
Star Route 138 (mail)
28105 Hwy 138 (UPS direct)
Lancaster, CA 93536-9207
Phone (805) 724-9097
Back on the PCT, walk north along Neenach School Road,=8A

P 171, Col 2, Par 3, 3rd from Bottom: =8Aroads. The first of this pair, 
260th Street West, is paved, and bridges the ...

P 171, Col 2 Last Line: =8Athrough a gate, =8A

P 172, Col 1, Par 2, Line 6: Omit as indicated

P 172, Col 1, Par 3, Line 3: Indestructible 3-foot-tall brown-painted 
iron posts, each emblazoned with a large white PCT emblem, =8A

P 173, Map E12: mark Bridge #1731-92, and redraw junction with 
realigned road. Also mark the incoming Alternate Route, from east. 
Also mark name of Broken Arrow Road. Also mark Waterhole 1521-66.

P 174, Col 2, Line 1: =8A your unimproved way occasionally signed as, 
"Aqueduct Road"=8A

P 175, Col 1, Line 4: =8Abridge, Marked #1731-92.

P 175, Col 1, Line 6: brown metal posts

P 175, Col 1, Last Line: =8Amost spring-time hikers choose to live like 
trolls under the shade of the bridge-the only dense shade available 
in this scorching locale. Wherever you bed down, =8A

P 175, Col 2, Par 1, Last Line: As an alternative to getting water 
from the sometimes-dirty-and-bee-infested horse trough southwest of 
the bridge, you might try Waterhole 1521-66, at the immediate east 
end of the bridge. It gives water, via a 3" plastic pipe, to a small 
pool in a cluster of shrubs about 50 feet below the road.

P 175, Col 2, Par 2, Line 2: Mileage error: should be dirt road (3120-0.2).

P 175, Col 2, Par 2, Line 18: Be aware that dirt-bikers have also 
used the trail heavily to gain access to the Tehachapis, and have 
created many diverging, and sometimes confusing, paths.

P 175, Col 2, par 2, Line 5 from Bottom: Omit as noted.

P 177, Col. 1, Par. 3, Line 9: There is often water in Gamble Spring 
Canyon in springtime, but it cannot be relied upon, especially in 
drier-than-average years.

P 178: Map E14: mark new trail alignment.

P 179, Par 2: Resupply access: Line 5:=8Acarefully=8A

P 179, Par 2, Last Sentence: omit

P 181, Col 2, Line 11: =8Abrown plastic PCT markers=8A

P 181, Col 2, Resupply access, last line: Rather than hitchhiking 
from here, consider a walk partway into Tehachapi. Avoid Highway 58. 
Instead, turn left, west, along the aforementioned railroad tracks. 
Walk the roadbed that parallels the rail-road, keeping well away from 
the heavily used tracks. Cross under Highway 58 in 1.5 miles, and 
then at the first opportunity, walk north over to paved, 
frequently-used Tehachapi Road, which parallels the tracks and the 
freeway. You should be able to hitch a ride here. Continue west on 
that road 7.5 miles more to the downtown area. You pass a Travelodge 
with a gas station, restaurant, bar and mini-mart at the Steuber Road 
intersection, 2.0 miles before you reach the center of town.
	Tehachapi Post Office is now north of Hwy 58 on North Mill 
Street, across from the AM/PM Mini Market. This location is, 
unfortunately, less convenient to hikers, but less than 1/2 mile from 

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