Southern California Trail Closure

Mountain and Cranston Fires near Idyllwild, Calif.

The Pacific Crest Trail is OPEN again but some nearby areas remain closed. Please read the story: How we re-opened the Pacific Crest Trail above Idyllwild, Calif. 5 years after it was destroyed by wildfire

Areas reopened to visitors: 

  • The remaining eight-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) closed by the Mountain Fire, between Spitler Peak and Tahquitz Valley.
  • South Ridge Trail (3E08) from the trailhead to Tahquitz Peak.
  • Forest Road 5S11 (South Ridge Rd.) to the South Ridge Trailhead.
  • The three Yellow Post Sites along 5S11.
  • Caramba Trail (3E04), from Skunk Cabbage junction to Caramba Falls, and Cedar Trail (3E16). These two trails, however, will currently be unmaintained as they have been overgrown since the Mountain Fire.

The current forest order for the Cranston Fire Closure Area keeps trails and roads around May Valley closed (check the map below). It is set to expire July 31, 2019, but may be shortened or extended depending on recovery of the area.