Successful 33rd Windmill-Wildflower Hike in Near Perfect Weather

By Paul Gipe

Seventeen intrepid hikers crossed the Cameron Canyon segment of the Pacific Crest Trail Saturday on the 33rd annual Windmill-Wildflower hike near Tehachapi, California.

The 6.5-mile hike took place in near perfect weather. This isn’t always the case. Springtime weather in the Tehachapi Mountains is unpredictable. Weather on the hike has varied from snow squalls to broiling sun and often howling winds.

This year’s ample rain enabled Cameron Ridge to put on one of the more spectacular wildflower displays seen in the past three decades. Overall, hikers saw more than three dozen different species, including the colorful Desert Mariposa lilly (Calochortus kennedyi), as well as California poppies (Eschscholzia californica), and bright yellow Mojave sun cups (Camissonia campestris).

The annual hike is sponsored by the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club.