Southern California Trail Closure

Rock slide between Antsell Peak and South Peak

1/22/20 – We will update this page when the trail has been repaired or there is news.

6/15/21- The rock has been removed! The trail itself is damaged and narrow, though, and it may still be dangerous to cross this area. On foot, it’s a bit easier to get through than when the rock was there, but equestrians should avoid this section. The safest option is still to detour around.


There is a significant rock slide between Antsell Peak and South Peak around mile 172.5. The rockslide is dangerous to cross and impassable to some. The main rock on the trail is about 10 feet by 10 feet by 3 feet.

San Bernardino National Forest plans to keep the PCT open so that people can walk up to the rock slide from the south and the north to check it out and enjoy the trail. It’s not recommended to cross the rock slide.

You should use good judgment and exercise extreme caution in the area. If it’s impassable to you, turn around. The stability of the rocks is unknown and there is significant exposure in the area. Equestrians definitely cannot pass over the rock slide so should consider this section impassible.

Northbound hikers can return to the Spitler Trail (which has been significantly damaged in the past year and is not up to PCT standards) near mile 168.5 and take that west down the mountain to the trailhead and then walk Apple Canyon Road to the highway in order to exit. Equestrians and cautious hikers who are heading northbound should consider exiting the PCT via the Cedar Spring Trail (~mile 162.5) down to Morris Ranch Road. Southbound hikers would return to the South Ridge Trail or Devil’s Slide Trail and exit to Idyllwild. There are no open dirt roads or trails between the highway and Idyllwild.

For more, check with the San Jacinto Ranger District of San Bernardino National Forest.

General vicinity of the reported rock slide.