SECTION C

Holcomb Fire near Big Bear, Calif.

June 19th, 2017

The Holcomb Fire started around 3:05 PM on June 19th near Big Bear, California.

The fire is burning north of Baldwin Lake near where the PCT crosses Highway 18 (PCT mile 266).

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed for about 9 miles from Highway 18 (mile 266) to Van Dusen Road (mile 275). Highway 18 is also closed. We recommend leaving the trail before the official closure.

Resources

Downed Tree Report(s) Mile 285 – 295

Sections:
By: Hikin' Jim
June 1st, 2017

I did a short section hike with my daughter this past weekend from about mile 285 to about mile 295.

Here is my GPS track plotted on a topo map: https://caltopo.com/m/BB1T

I have marked the downed trees with a three digit number and the words “downed tree”. The worst are numbers 483, 486, 489, and 493 as I recall. None of these are impassable although #493 might be impassible to a person on horseback; it’s a very large log down perpendicular over the trail, possibly 40″ diameter, on a steep slope.

Photos of each available if they’re needed/wanted.

Regards,

HJ
[email protected]

Delamar Fire burn area

October 3rd, 2016

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.

delamar-fire

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5051/

Pilot Fire near Silverwood Lake, Calif.

September 2nd, 2016

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.

Maps

Pilot Fire and the Pacific Crest Trail

 

Silverwood Lake Algae Blooms

August 4th, 2016

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

Lake Fire closure south of Big Bear, Calif.

July 18th, 2016

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

Maps

Lake Fire and the Pacific Crest Trail

Silverwood to Interstate 15.

By: Jim and Cyndi Johnson
May 27th, 2015

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.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton