SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Angles NF endangered Species by-pass

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By: Ray Drasher
March 20th, 2017

The by-pass for the endangered species in Angeles Forest says equestrians should use this, but under no circumstance should any equestrian use any part of this. Even hikers should beware since there has been severe erosion on much of the Punchbowl trail portion before some of the heavy rains that have come since I inspected this. Have been working on getting volunteer support for this but none so far. Equestrian, especially any with Pack animals should continue on the trail till Eagles Roost and walk the Highway 2 till Cloudburst Summit. If done during the week in the morning not much traffic to worry about. Going down by Buckhorn to Littlerock creek has some tight areas for any packs so the extra mile or so highway is better from Buckhorn to Cloudburst. Hikers may want to consider the highway also to Buckhorn.

Mountain Fire closure on Mt. San Jacinto

November 28th, 2016

This closure will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

The Mountain Fire started 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 Fobes Ranch Trail (mile 166.5) north to Tahquitz Valley Trail (mile 177.3).

The Pacific Crest Trail was extensively damaged with up to 2 miles of the trail being lost as a result of damages caused by the Mountain Fire. Years of work has gone into reopening the PCT and the effort continues. The closure was last reduced in size in November 2016.

november-2016-mountain-fire-closure-map

Official documents

The Mountain Fire closure is administered by San Bernardino National Forest and closure order, map and other documents can be found here.

Possible alternate

Walking around this closure is feasible and enjoyable. While it’s a lot of elevation loss and gain, you’ll pass through a beautiful area, mostly on quiet forest roads.

Traveling northbound on the PCT, take the Fobes Ranch Trail (4E04) downhill to the trailhead. Walk Fobes Ranch Road (6S05) to Highway 74. Walk north along  the Highway 74 corridor, past Hurkey Creek Campground. Turn right on May Valley Road. Take that road (technically, Road 5S05) and turn left on 5S21 to stay on May Valley Road. Turn right onto the South Ridge Trail. Take the South Ridge Trail (TR. 3E08) uphill, past the South Ridge Trailhead and rejoin the PCT near Tahquitz Peak.

 

Delamar Fire burn area

October 3rd, 2016

The PCT is now open through the Delmar burn area.  Please exercise caution when traveling through a recently burned area.  The trail will most likely not be to the usual PCT standard, soils have changed and there have been many other impacts to the land.  Please be careful.

The PCT is closed due to the Delamar fire from road 3N14, near Little Bear Springs Camp approximately mile 285 south to road 3N09, Van Dusen Canyon Road mile 275.1.

delamar-fire

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5051/

Blue Cut Fire in Cajon Pass

September 2nd, 2016

The Pacific Crest Trail is open within the Blue Cut Fire on San Bernardino National Forest. About 20 miles of the PCT are in the burn area and our community’s famous and much loved McDonalds was damaged in the fire. While the trail is open, this was a very intense burn in places and you should be careful. Hazards in recent burn areas may include: loose soils, rocks and trail tread, burned stump holes, hazard trees, unstable terrain and flash flooding and debris flows.

Beyond the PCT other places remain closed. Be sure to check with San Bernardino National Forest before traveling elsewhere.

Resources

Map

Blue Cut Fire and the Pacific Crest Trail

Pilot Fire near Silverwood Lake, Calif.

September 2nd, 2016

The Pacific Crest Trail is open again after the Pilot Fire between Deep Creek and Silverwood Lake. About 7.5 miles of Pacific Crest Trail are in the burn perimeter.

While the trail is open, you should be careful. Hazards in recent burn areas may include: loose soils, rocks and trail tread, burned stump holes, hazard trees, unstable terrain and flash flooding and debris flows.

Maps

Pilot Fire and the Pacific Crest Trail

 

Silverwood Lake Algae Blooms

August 4th, 2016

Please note that the current water conditions in Lake Silverwood are constantly changing.  Currently there is an algae bloom in the lake and state officials have posted a no swimming advisory for the lake.  The lake has been signed but as the PCT navigates around the lake and to some remote beaches, it seems prudent to alert the hiking community.

You can find updates from the Park here

and read more information on the situation here

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton