On 11-13 March2015 I hiked from Cottonwood Creek to Highway 58. Trail in good condition. But a few places between Tylerhorse Canyon and Gamble Spring Canyon where one should be especially cautious with stock. Water: (1) Tylerhorse Canyon very small flow, (2) Tiger Tank dry, water shut off, (3) Oak Creek very small flow, with algae. I carried all my water (9 liters, consumed 8) for this stretch, and was glad I did.
Saw fresh mt bike tracks while trail running on the PCT from Burnt Rancheria Campground, mile 41.4 to Lower Morris Meadow trail junction, mile 38.5. The tracks continued southbound from 38.5. Hikers should use extreme caution when hiking up to Mt Laguna, as we’re seeing downhill mt bike tracks frequently on the PCT in the section between mile 30 (Kitchen Creek Road) and mile 41.4 (Burnt Rancheria Campground.
Trail delineation and replacement of a broken marker are need in Section D near Halfmile’s Mile 388, below the summit of Mt. Williamson, in Angeles National Forest.
My wife and I lost the trail north (west)-bound over a low-visibility Thanksgiving Weekend storm weekend, finding ourselves atop Mt Williamson instead of descending on the PCT in this area.
We approached the same problem area from the opposite direction last weekend and again in an attempt to figure where we went wrong and found ourselves again on a spur trail leading to summit Williamson.
The problem area is associated with a broken fiberglass trail marker (only one-inch appearing from the ground) at a ridgetop junction. Uniquely, because there is no trail tread in this area (the PCT falls away out-of-view downslope on both sides. The hiker only sees what ‘looks’ like PCT tread, but in fact is a spur trail to the summit.
Wife and I are experienced long-distance hikers, it was surreal to find ourselves off-trail from opposite approaches on separate trips.
Ken (Class of ’82) & Debbie Marlow
lots of bush encroachment especially from water cache at Grapevine for about f3 miles Nobo. Wear pants!
It is confirmed, the mountain fire closure will be in effect again during the 2015 hiking season
MP 196.0 Maintenance: cutting back on overgrown chaparral
MP 196.5 – MP 197.25 Hazard: Trail sliding down sideways on very steep slope with very little vegetative cover. Needs more than re-benching.
MP 200.75 Equestrian issue: 10-15 feet of trail literally gone where trail crossed over a steep watercourse rock chute – only a goat can cross it
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.
- Equestrian issue
- Extreme hazard
- Snow conditions
- Trail Closure
- Trail maintenance issue
- Water conditions
- Central California
- Northern California
- Southern California