SECTION D

Sand Fire Closure south of Agua Dulce

April 20th, 2017

A portion of the PCT is closed on Angeles National Forest land starting near Mt. Gleason/Messenger Flats (~mile 429.5) to Soledad Canyon Road (~mile 444). View the ANF closure order and map. This closure is posted on this website.

Impacts and alternates

A walking alternate has not been identified by Angeles National Forest. You might choose to skip this section.

For questions about the Sand Fire, please contact Bob Blount, District Ranger, at 661-269-2808 x 225

Maps

The Angeles National Forest Sand Fire closure area.

Resources

Angles NF endangered Species by-pass

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By: Ray Drasher
March 20th, 2017

The by-pass for the endangered species in Angeles Forest says equestrians should use this, but under no circumstance should any equestrian use any part of this. Even hikers should beware since there has been severe erosion on much of the Punchbowl trail portion before some of the heavy rains that have come since I inspected this. Have been working on getting volunteer support for this but none so far. Equestrian, especially any with Pack animals should continue on the trail till Eagles Roost and walk the Highway 2 till Cloudburst Summit. If done during the week in the morning not much traffic to worry about. Going down by Buckhorn to Littlerock creek has some tight areas for any packs so the extra mile or so highway is better from Buckhorn to Cloudburst. Hikers may want to consider the highway also to Buckhorn.

Blue Cut Fire in Cajon Pass

September 2nd, 2016

The Pacific Crest Trail is open within the Blue Cut Fire on San Bernardino National Forest. About 20 miles of the PCT are in the burn area and our community’s famous and much loved McDonalds was damaged in the fire. 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.

Beyond the PCT other places remain closed. Be sure to check with San Bernardino National Forest before traveling elsewhere.

Resources

Map

Blue Cut Fire and the Pacific Crest Trail

poodle dog

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By: Ray Drasher
May 13th, 2016

Just wanted to report in last month or so I have ridden from Mill Creek Summit to North Station and there is very little Poodle Dog Bush thru the area. The small amount should not affect anyone as long as watchful for the small amount left.
Ray Drasher

Poodle-dog bush clearing is basically complete

By: Jerry Stone
May 15th, 2015

Many hikers are still under the impression that Poodle Dog Bush is an issue in the Station Fire burn area. We found many are still doing or planning to do a road walk. 2 hikers still had info that the trail was closed from Pacifico down to Mill Creek Station. We (Trail Gorillas) have been working continuously to open the trail of PD Bush and trees and at this time it is clear and no PD bush that you can’t step around. It’s a shame we can’t get the hikers back on the trail where they long to be.

Mill Creek Summit to North Fork Station

By: Dave Fleischman
April 6th, 2015

I want to let all hikers know that the PCT from mile 418(Mill Creek Summit) to mile 434(2 miles south of North Fork Station) has been cleared of heavy overgrowth and has had the tread repaired by the Trail Gorillas. There may be some trees down along the way as they keep coming down from the 2009 fire. We have been working extremely hard to open this section and knock back the poodle dog bush. Another project on April 18,19th will attack the 2 mile section from mile 434 to mile 436 at North Fork Station.
Dave Fleischman, Section D Chief, PCTA volunteer

Trail Conditions California Section D March 4 – 15, 2015

By: Seaglass
March 31st, 2015

My husband and I just hiked California Section D.

The trail was snow covered and impassable a mile south of Guffy CG to Blue Ridge. We used the jeep road that parallels the trail and had to use the Blue Ridge Trail down off the mountain.

The northern descent off of Mt Baden Powell is snow covered and impassable. Use the bypass route.

We experienced an issue with a road crew who were clearing Highway 2 just above the start of the Baden Powell bypass (Manzanita Trail). They were clearing rock slides off the highway, but they were dumping the rocks over the side and down onto the trail. We gave them warning that we would be hiking the trail just below where they were working. They continued to dump rocks over the side and we were nearly hit by rolling rocks and debris. My husband climbed the hill up to the road and talked with the crew foreman. He said he knew we were down there, but he didn’t seem to know that the trail is only about 50-100 feet below the highway. The problem now is that there are boulders that need to be removed from the trail and more importantly there may be boulders caught up in the trees and brush above the trail that can still come down on people. Use extreme caution when approaching the first/last 1/2 mile of this bypass.

The Endangered Species Bypass is rough, poorly designed, many wash-outs and trees down. I would not take a horse on this trail.

There are lots of trees down in the Station Fire area. The section from Mt Gleason North is in need of tree and brush removal. The drop from Mt Gleason down to Messenger Flats is very poorly maintained. North of Messenger Flats we were literally bush-whacking our way through the trail. Sometimes the terrain was steep and the trail narrow. We were in danger of stepping off the trail and through the bushes covering it. The descent into the Acton KOA was plagued with washouts. Again, I would not take a horse into this area.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton