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.
6-21-11 From Sierra Buttes (Sardine Lake area) to Mt Etna approx 25+ miles. Brother reports they have been hiking in snow since 18th in the afternoon. Very slow going. Trail very hard to follow. Thank goodness for GPS. Camped in snow last night. Finally hit dirt in the area of Mt Etna and they head down from the 7000 ft level now.
6/18/11 Today I dropped my brother and sister-in-law of at Sierra City to start their hike North to the boarder. I only hiked in 5 miles with them but the trail was in surprisingly good shape.Only a few small patches of snow which was surprising. Appears that the South slope of the Sierra Buttes is clear and dry. They will report again at Belden, in about a week.
Only a few small patches of snow which was surprising. Appears that the South slope of the Sierra Buttes is clear and dry. They will report again at Belden, in about a week.
- Equestrian issue
- Extreme hazard
- Snow conditions
- Trail Closure
- Trail maintenance issue
- Water conditions
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