Mile 275, Van Dusen Rd. Just south is a bridge going over the creek that is falling apart. There are holes in it and totally unsafe for horses. Hikers, just jump over the foot wide creek!
My husband and I are thru-riding our horses this year. We began at Campo on Jan. 1. There is an area north (west) of Van Dusen Rd. in Big Bear area, around mile 265 or so, that could use some good trail maintenance. There are many downed trees and while they are possible to step over or go around, it isn’t good for the trail. There’s also a lot of dead branches hanging from trees that are a hazard to equestrians. We made it to just a few miles from 285.4 (Little Bear Springs) and had to turn around because there are trees crossing the trail and too steep to go around. One of the trees could slide if someone tries to climb over it and it’s certainly too high for a horse to jump and too low to go under.
Dangerous trail situation near Big Bear! Trail mile 278.5 (Holcomb Valley Rd) to 285.4 (Little Bear Springs Trail camp) is dangerous. The actual spot is closest to 282 and beyond, but the last place to pull out would be Holcomb Valley Rd. or possibly the next dirt road about a mile further (which I think go back to Holcomb Valley Rd.). You are on the side of a cliff and there are many downed trees crossing the trail making it nearly impossible to get around. Climbing over the trees could make them slide. Since we have horses, it’s a little tougher. We made it across the first, then around the bend was a second. One horse got over the second, but the other horse refused. It was higher than his chest and he wouldn’t jump on the cliff with very unstable ground…and narrow. I went around the next bend and discovered a tree that no one would be able to get around with out endangering themselves. We had to turn back. The horses refused to go back over the first tree, so my husband was able to pry it around to at least rest on part of the trail and you can step over it now, but it isn’t stable.
Burned out area from North Bound Mile 483.4 to lake Hughes Road Mile 487.0
Loose Wheathered sand and gravel eroded and laying across the trail, forming a talus slope.
The trail was closed from San Francisquito to Past Lake Hughes road. We saw no posting until we reached Lake Hughes Road. Ranger informed us that he had posted at San Francisquito Road.
Trail was fine to Road 7N01 (Lake Hughes Truck Road). Could descend to Pine Canyon Road from there. Point #6 On Map G4 from Eric the Black’s guide book.
Paul & Trish Hacker
The Powerhouse Fire is 100% contained. Much of the PCT through the Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District portion of the Angeles National Forest remains closed. The closure extends from Highway 138 in the north to San Francisquito Canyon Road in the south. View the closure order.
PCT users have three options for getting around the closure. With northbound travel in mind:
- Take San Francisquito Canyon Road north to Elizabeth Lake Road, then go west on Pine Canyon Road to the PCT.
- Take Three Points Road north to Highway 138.
- For an option further removed from paved roads, walking the California Aqueduct from Munz Ranch road, is a potential route.
For reference, in 2013 we had an active blog post about the Powerhouse Fire, you can see it at this link.
In section C south of Whitewater, a heard of feral cattle have destroyed the trail. It is BLM land and I have called it to the Palm Springs Office’s attention. They say they are aware of the problem but to date nothing has been done about it. There are 4 large bulls that accompany the herd and are quite intimidating.
The Mountain Fire started at 1:43 PM on July 15, 2013 near the junction of Highway 243 and Highway 74.
The fire is out but the Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from Cedar Springs Trail (mile 162.5) north to South Ridge Trail (mile 178).
Hikers and equestrians will need to detour or skip around the fire area. The only walking option at this juncture is a dangerous highway road walk. Previous hikers report that the highway is often a twisty mountain road with zero shoulder, large drop-offs, blind corners and plenty of traffic. PCTA encourages people to get a ride around the closure area and avoid walking the highway.
If one were to walk around the closure, the path would be via the Cedar Springs Trailhead to Morris Ranch Road to State Highway 74 to State Highway 243 to Forest Road 5S11 (in Idyllwild) to the South Ridge trail and continue to Tahquitz Peak and over to the PCT.
If you have questions, you can call the San Jacinto Ranger Station at 909-382-2921.
LA Department of Water and Power will be excavating next week for construction work at the new Neenach pumping station. The work area will be on the LADWP aqueduct road just East of the LADWP aqueduct and just North of the California aqueduct. They will install a temporary fence and signage to direct any hikers that may be coming through the area. The fence and signage will direct hikers to stay to the West of the work area for approximately 300’.
October 22-23. Trail from Inspiration Point (1st crossing Highway 2, mile 369.5) to Islip Saddle (3rd crossing Highway 2 mile 386.2) in very good shape. Thin patches of snow/ice on north facing slopes above 7500′ but trail mostly dry. Only a few short patches of ice on trail. Multiple hikers reaching Baden-Powell summit. Water faucet at Grassy Hollow (mile 370.4) on (per report from through hiker Derrick). Little Jimmy Spring (384.1) flowing well, water in trough clear.
Southern California Edison (SCE) contractors are conducting transmission line construction activities using helicopters near the Pacific Crest Trail. Please do not proceed if you see helicopter activity. You may proceed with caution once helicopter activity has cleared. Location is approximately 1 mile southwest of the intersection of Highway 111 and Snow Creek Road, west of Palm Springs, California. Construction activities are expected to continue through September 2013 (Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.). For project information, call (866) 602-3782 or visit www.sce.com/dpv2.
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