The Deep Creek portion of the trail from HWY 173 to the hot springs had significant rock falls after the storms earlier in the month and now even more withe the last storm on Jan 22. There is something every half mile or so and some are almost impassable
The PCT is now open through the Delmar burn area. Please exercise caution when traveling through a recently burned area. The trail will most likely not be to the usual PCT standard, soils have changed and there have been many other impacts to the land. Please be careful.
The PCT is closed due to the Delamar fire from road 3N14, near Little Bear Springs Camp approximately mile 285 south to road 3N09, Van Dusen Canyon Road mile 275.1.
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
- Lake Fire on Inciweb
- Lake Fire closure order and map
- San Bernardino National Forest alerts and notices page
- San Bernardino National Forest Call Center: (909) 383-5688
Based on a tree report for this section my wife and I took our horses to a point about 5 miles from the Silverwood trail head. We removed several trees that were across the trail but this is a steep section and there are many dead oaks on the slope. It is advisable for equestrians to carry a saw with them if possible due to these trees that will eventually slip across the trail. Also, the tread is somewhat fragile in this area so equestrians should stay to the up hill side and avoid riding near the edge.
Location: Van Dusen Rd/ PCT East Bound
My horse and I broke one wooden slat on the on ground bridge May 24, 2015. Coming back we avoided crossing via another route. I live in the area and would be happy to repair it. It needs to be repaired quickly as it is heavily travelled. I am going to notify our local Big Bear Forestry on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. An entire replacement bridge would be advised as it is rotted. We all had a great ride.
11:10 am on 5/6/15:
A wildfire is burning near mile 240 in the Fish Creek drainage. It appears to be 0.7 miles off the PCT. Check inciweb for the latest updates and use extreme caution.
- Equestrian issue
- Extreme hazard
- Snow conditions
- Trail Closure
- Trail maintenance issue
- Water conditions
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