My son’s and I use the trail to scout other hikes and climbs we choose to accomplish. Last week we were twenty-four miles north of Sierra City at A-Tree springs. There is no markings on the north side of the road for PCT. A young man rode his motorcycle from there to the American River on the PCT. It is amazing how much damage a powerful dirt bike does to the trail. It would be nice to have the “No Motorized Vehicles” placard placed into this location.
Watch out for Poison Oak north and south of Belden from Chips Creek (1298) to Clear Creek (1280). The trail north of Belden to Chips Creek is overgrown and Poison Oak may be difficult to avoid.
As of 5/16/14, there is still plenty of snow on the PCT at high elevations.
Walked from Sierra City to the LaPorte-Quincy Road on 8/29/12 to 9/1/12. Many large dead tree blow-downs across the trail from the Johnsville Road to the top of McCrae Ridge, some of which have been there since 2011 when we last walked the section. Most of these were on the trail alongside West Nelson Creek from the road to where the trail crosses the creek, which incidently at that point is dry.
Like the previous poster, I planned to hike from Bucks Lake to Belden. However, after 4.5 miles lost the trail in deep snow. Tried following tree markers, but after losing them once too often decided to call it a day. With GPS it’s slow, but passable.
3 July. My wife and I tried to do Bucks Lake Summit to Belden, but the trail is covered in snow after 2 miles. We’ll have to wait until it melts.
As of 6/24/11, more of the same at elevations above 6400 ft. The trail sometimes disappears under snow. Around Bucks Lake still snow on the trail.
6/2311 Report from brother @ Lookout Rock Lat 39.50.15 N Long 121.6.89 W near Bucks lake. Many blow downs in the Feather River canyon to Bucks Lake region. Makes going slow. Also trail disappears at times in the snow.
They haven’t passed anyone on the trail since starting at Sierra City. (Wonder why). Good cell reception at Lookout Rock, Feather River and Pilot Peak (Verizon) for those who are interested.
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