By: Jerry Stone
August 12th, 2014
Unfortunately Golden Oak Spring is in very bad shape. The range cattle have destroyed the plumbing job we did to upgrade it 2 years ago. Do to the drought possibly, the water source has changed directions and there is no water in the spring box. The water just oozes out of the ground across the trail. There was about 3 inches of water in the concrete water trough from the surface flow above but I think it evaporates as fast as it goes in. When the water starts back in the spring box I’ll have to clean it out. Also will need new fencing to protect the plumbing and new plumbing.
The bad news is this is now not a source for water except in life and death situations. That means a 32 mile hike from Hwy 58 in Tehachapi to the next spring Robin Bird Spring.
– Jerry Stone (PCTA volunteer)
The PCT was closed in the Kiavah Wilderness. The Nicolls Fire burned southeast of Onyx, CA and about a half a mile from the trail. The closure encompassed the entire wilderness area, essentially from about Bird Spring Pass (mile 630.8) to Highway 178 (mile 652). The closure was lifted on 7/21/2014, at 6:00 pm.
View the closure order.
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 Cedar Springs Trail (mile 162.5) north to South Ridge Trail (mile 178).
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.
Mountain Fire Closure map as of June 24, 2014.
This is a legal way to walk and bypass the closed portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Traveling northbound on the PCT, take the Cedar Springs Trail (TR. 4E17) downhill to the trailhead. Walk Morris Ranch Road 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.
Messenger Flats CG is closed and Mt. Pacifico CG is open to through-hikers but you shouldn’t be hiking through there when winds are above 12-15 mph.
May 12th, 2014
The conditions on this part of the trail were in excellent shape with no felled trees across trail and tread was in good shape also, water is a different story with McIvers Spring not flowing but thanks to trail angles there were three gallons of water in the old cabin thats there. Yellow Jacket Spring was at a trickle. Did this hike on 5/3/14
Lots of wind around Mt Laguna! Hikers this morning are reporting one large tree in the trail near mile 40 that was tricky to get over, and a couple others nearby that were easier to get around.
By: Danielle Whitten
April 30th, 2014
On the trail yesterday 4/19/14 in the deep creek area around Apple Valley, CA by the red bridge my husband and I were attacked by very aggressive bees. It’s in a section of the trail where you walk through a tunnel of trees. The bees just came out of no where and the bees chased for a good 1/8 of a mile. Just wanted to let everyone know since numerous hikers were stung yesterday. Hopefully, someone can get out there and get this hive removed.
April 30th, 2014
4/18 PCT mile 351 – 356 Poodle Dog Bush and Poison Oak mostly avoidable but will not be for much longer as plants leaf out. Take jeep road.