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Mt Lassen blowdowns

By: Snickers and Veggie
May 30th, 2017

Just did a short piece from Old Station to Lassen. Many blow-downs across the trail from about .5 miles from the North Entrance of Lassen NP ( half mile pt. 1362) to about 1 mile in. We counted about 20 trees less than 12″ diameter, 7 12-24 inch, and 5 greater than 24. These were often in groups of 3-4 straight across the trail. The area is broad and relatively flat, so walk arounds are fairly easy, even for stock.

Significant number of trees across PCT in Lassen National Park

By: Lassen NP
June 9th, 2015

It should be noted, that Lassen Volcanic National Park experienced a major wind event this past February causing a significant number of trees to fall over the winter months. The amount of blow down on park trails this year is unprecedented and our crews are working hard to clear park trails for our visitors as soon as possible. Along the northern portion of the Pacific Crest Trail alone, approximately 390 trees fell over the winter. Volunteers from the Pacific Crest Trail Association working in tandem with the park trail crew will cross-cut clear the trees June 14 through June 20.  Hikers should use caution while navigating through the fallen trees and should expect trails that have not been cleared to take twice as long as usual to hike. Equestrians will be unable to navigate most trails until they are cleared of downed trees. To check the most current trail conditions, visit http://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/hiking_lassen_park.htm

Timber project near Chester, CA

By: Justin K.
March 31st, 2015

Beginning in mid-April, the Collins Pine Co. will begin a timber thinning project on private lands that are adjacent to the Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District. Approximately the first two miles of the PCT north of the Hwy 36 crossing (just west of Chester, CA) may be affected by project activities (see map). If you are hiking or horseback riding on the PCT, you may encounter heavy machinery and management activities in this area. While the project is ongoing, the Collins Pines staff will place signs alerting trail users to project activities. Additionally, when project activities overlap or are very close to the trail, a Collins Pines employee will be on the ground to ensure trail users can safely pass through the project area.

You can see a project map here.

Flagging near Old Station on Lassen NF

By: Justin K.
January 8th, 2015

Flagging was placed by Lassen National Forest Staff along the PCT on the Hat Creek Ranger District near the town of Old Station. Approximately one mile of the PCT is lightly flagged from Forest Service Road 32N99 north to the PCT/Spatter Cone trail junction. The flagging colors are orange and white with blue poka-dots.

The flagging was placed to mark a vegetation management project that will be implemented in the spring of 2015. Although some trail users may find the flagging to be a visual impact, the Lassen National Forest and PCTA ask that PCT users do not pull the flagging down, as it is necessary for project implementation. In instances where flagging has been removed along the trail, it has necessitated Forest Service or PCTA staff to duplicate their efforts by re-marking the trail. PCTA appreciates trail users’ understanding.

Bald and Eiler Fires – Hat Creek Rim, Calif.

August 19th, 2014

The PCT is open again in this area.

The Bald Fire and Eiler Fires burned near the PCT around the Hat Creek Rim, the communities of Old Station, Hat Creek, Burney and others.

MODIS layer of the Eiler and Bald Fires as seen on 8/4/14 at 9 a.m.

MODIS layer of the Eiler and Bald Fires as seen on 8/4/14 at 9 a.m.

Bald Fire (foreground) and Day Fire (background), taken 7-31-14 (thanks to Walter Bunt)

Bald Fire (foreground) and Day Fire (background), taken 7-31-14 (thanks to Walter Bunt)

MODIS fire layer for the Bald Fire as seen at 2:29pm on 8/1/14

MODIS fire layer for the Bald Fire as seen at 2:29pm on 8/1/14

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton