Desert Tortoise sighting at PCT mile 145.7

During my daily ride on the PCT, I saw a 10-inch desert tortoise in a small wash right off the trail a quarter-mile north of my place. I’ve never seen a tortoise this high in elevation. (They are pretty common in the creosote scrub of Coyote Canyon and other low-desert locations in SoCal.) The trail was pretty busy with day hikers taking advantage of the nice weather to get out of the house during these covid days; I fear the tortoise was brought here and dropped off by one of these people, but I couldn’t know for sure.

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