There are currently two closures affecting the PCT due to the Sand Fire burn.
The larger closure, on Angeles National Forest land, starts at Angeles Forest Highway at the Mill Creek Fire Station (~mile 419) and runs to Soledad Canyon Road (~mile 444). View the ANF closure order and map. This closure is posted on this website.
To the north, the BLM land in the burn area between Highway 14 and Soledad Canyon Road is closed. That runs from about mile 444 to mile 446. View the BLM closure order and map. This closures are posted on this website.
Please check back for updates.
Impacts and alternates
At this point, we have not identified a walking alternate. You’re welcome to look at maps and see if there is a way to walk around the closure area on secondary roads. You might choose to skip this section.
Southbound hikers would want to divert from the PCT before they reach the BLM closure at mile 446. Likely leaving the PCT at Agua Dulce/Vasquez Rocks.
The Angeles National Forest Sand Fire closure area.
BLM Sand Fire closure map
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.
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.
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
The Pacific Crest Trail is open again for all users through the Lake Fire closure. However, camping is not allowed in the burn area and travel must be done in a day. Please do not leave the PCT as other trails and areas remain closed. Details about the rest of the closed areas can be seen in the closure order.
Approximately four miles of PCT are within the burn perimeter. 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. Again, no camping is allowed in the burn area at this time.
There has been some confusion about the status of the closure but the information above is correct and San Bernardino National Forest is working on clarifying the matter.
Lake Fire resources
By: Linda Clark-O'Brien
June 27th, 2016
Fire has not yet reached either Landers Camp Spring or Kelso Valley Rd. I was section hiking along that section thru end of Wednesday (6/22) & shuttling some hikers around on Thursday (6/23). Most hikers are off the ridge line above Kelso Valley Rd due to the heat at midday combined with gale force winds at night (40-60 mph). Have to go to ground with shade at midday & cannot hike at night in gale force winds.
By: Linda Clark-O'Brien
June 27th, 2016
Tree newly down across trail in old burn area. Tree about 4 foot diameter.
The Pacific Crest Trail is open again after the Erskin Fire.