This closure will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
The Mountain Fire started on July 15, 2013 near the junction of Highway 243 and Highway 74. The fire is out but the Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from Fobes Ranch Trail (mile 166.5) north to Tahquitz Valley Trail (mile 177.3).
The Pacific Crest Trail was extensively damaged with up to 2 miles of the trail being lost as a result of damages caused by the Mountain Fire. Years of work has gone into reopening the PCT and the effort continues. The closure was last reduced in size in November 2016.
The Mountain Fire closure is administered by San Bernardino National Forest and closure order, map and other documents can be found here.
Walking around this closure is feasible and enjoyable. While it’s a lot of elevation loss and gain, you’ll pass through a beautiful area, mostly on quiet forest roads.
Traveling northbound on the PCT, take the Fobes Ranch Trail (4E04) downhill to the trailhead. Walk Fobes Ranch Road (6S05) to Highway 74. Walk north along the Highway 74 corridor, past Hurkey Creek Campground. Turn right on May Valley Road. Take that road (technically, Road 5S05) and turn left on 5S21 to stay on May Valley Road. Turn right onto the South Ridge Trail. Take the South Ridge Trail (TR. 3E08) uphill, past the South Ridge Trailhead and rejoin the PCT near Tahquitz Peak.