There are about a dozen pinyon pines down across the trail between Walker Pass and mile 657.
Last updated at 9:31 am on June 6, 2016
The Pacific Crest Trail is open again between Highway 178 at Walker Pass (mile 652) and Kennedy Meadows (mile 702) after the Chimney Fire closed the trail for a few days. The fire started on June 1st. It is reported to be a human caused fire.
The burn was near the PCT, the Chimney Creek Campground (mile 681) and the area around it. The trail has not burned.
- Chimney Fire on Inciweb – official source
- BLM California Bakersfield Field Office website
- Main Chimney Fire page and discussion page on Hotlist
- Webcam #1 and Webcam #2
- #ChimneyFire on Twitter
- High Desert News on Facebook
- GeoMAC Wildfire Mapping Viewer
- BlueSky Daily Run smoke projection
- USDA MODIS Active Fire Detection Program
There are some areas of this section of trail that need attention in the future: About a mile of tread work needed between Morris-Jenkins Saddle and Owens Peak Saddle. Only one fallen tree reported ,that was in Cow Canyon and Joshua Tree Spring is flowing at almost a trickle. Did this hike on 5/10/14
The trail tread is in good shape in this area the problems here is: two big rocks that rolled onto the trail between Rockhouse Basin and Kennedy Mdws hikers and horses can still get around them pretty easy aslo I counted 12 downed snags across the trail all within the 2008 Clover Fire. No snow present anywhere and the creeks are running to a trickle. No running water at Kennedy Mdws CG. Did this hike on 4/27/13
The trail in this section of the Owens Pk Wilderness I found that there is mainly tread work north of Spanish Needle Ck some sections are real bad it was like sidehilling also there are some spots where rock walls need rebuilding and few scrub oaks growing across the trail that just need clipped with clippers, and only came across two downed trees. Spanish Needels Creek is flowing to almost a trickle. There is no snow present on this section of trail or any where in section G. I did this hike on 4/13/13
The trail is in fairly good condition other than just some minor tread work mainly a 1/4 mile north of the Jenkins plaque, also I saw three spots where the trail could use some rockwall rebuilding and a few scrub oaks that could be cut back using clippers. There is no snow present anywhere on the trail in fact it is pretty dry so the fire danger is in effect in this area. Joshua Tree Springs is still flowing water. I did this hike on 3/30/13
Ned Tidbits reports to us by satellite phone that his party is north of Kennedy Meadows, having recently passed the Olancha Peak area. He says that there are thruhikers at Kennedy Meadows gearing up to follow his tracks.
Snow is reported to be “hard and compacted” at 2-5 feet deep on south facing slopes and 3-5 feet on north facing. Snow level starts at 10,000 feet on south facing and 9,500 feet on north facing. Early morning the snow is hard, reportedly requiring traction devices.
His party finds that their Kahtoola Microspikes are “rolling off the bottoms of our feet” on side hills, but that their Kahtoola KTS crampons are “great”.
- Equestrian issue
- Extreme hazard
- Snow conditions
- Trail Closure
- Trail maintenance issue
- Water conditions
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