NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Mt Lassen blowdowns

By: Snickers and Veggie
May 30th, 2017

Just did a short piece from Old Station to Lassen. Many blow-downs across the trail from about .5 miles from the North Entrance of Lassen NP ( half mile pt. 1362) to about 1 mile in. We counted about 20 trees less than 12″ diameter, 7 12-24 inch, and 5 greater than 24. These were often in groups of 3-4 straight across the trail. The area is broad and relatively flat, so walk arounds are fairly easy, even for stock.

Temporary holds on PCT due to helicopter activity

September 15th, 2016

About a mile south of Seiad Valley, there will be 20 minute holds on the PCT as helicopters fly salvaged logs across the PCT. This activity is part of salvage logging in the Happy Camp Complex burn area. It is being done to help reduce future fire danger. These holds will start on 9/15/16 and will continue for the next 45 days.

Temporary closures for trail work on Grider Creek

September 14th, 2016

On the morning of September 15th, 2016 there will be temporary closures at Grider Creek (around mile 1640) as a new bridge is helicoptered in. Hikers and riders may be held from advancing for a few hours at a time. A second bridge will be flown in later this month and similar holds will occur. The date is being figured out now.

Carter Meadows to Etna Summit

By: Laurie Hallum
June 22nd, 2015

Hiking partner and I hiked Carter Meadows TH to Etna Summit June 14 – 15, 2015. All of the trees that were on the trail have been cut and removed. Thank you trail crews. A few areas were a little brushy, the trail sustained some damage from the fire last year, but it didn’t make it a complete moonscape of the area. Beautiful views and water were still there, but the water may not be in a couple of months.

Significant number of trees across PCT in Lassen National Park

By: Lassen NP
June 9th, 2015

It should be noted, that Lassen Volcanic National Park experienced a major wind event this past February causing a significant number of trees to fall over the winter months. The amount of blow down on park trails this year is unprecedented and our crews are working hard to clear park trails for our visitors as soon as possible. Along the northern portion of the Pacific Crest Trail alone, approximately 390 trees fell over the winter. Volunteers from the Pacific Crest Trail Association working in tandem with the park trail crew will cross-cut clear the trees June 14 through June 20.  Hikers should use caution while navigating through the fallen trees and should expect trails that have not been cleared to take twice as long as usual to hike. Equestrians will be unable to navigate most trails until they are cleared of downed trees. To check the most current trail conditions, visit http://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/hiking_lassen_park.htm

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton