Pacific Crest Trail
Starting 3 days and 40 miles of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) in the Mojave with Travis and Cody. Transverse Ranges (Tehachapi Mountains) the first two days, then into the western edge of the Mojave and south to (almost) connect with the Southern California Section of the PCT.
The first day was driving around pre-positioning a water cache at Cottonwood Creek Bridge (not to mention traffic up I-5), then up to Tehachapi Willow Springs Road and Oak Creek Road to do ten miles along Oak Creek Canyon.
Had some adventures with some "private" roads that weren't so great, but things worked out, and the terrain is lovely on this side of the mountains. Despite some areas being burned, t'was still very pretty, and the massive wind turbines everywhere were an experience. Made good time for our abbreviated hike of 10 miles (started at mile 558), setup camp at a beautifully maintained cache at mile 548, and had a damned good day for a beautiful hike.
Can't forget brunch with Frances before heading out-- Bru's Wiffle in Santa Monica was surprisingly ordinary despite the hype; strongly recommend sticking to the waffle and avoiding the rest.