SECTION O

Burney Falls to Castle Crags, 5/21-26/14

By: Tom Weaver (White Hatter)
June 9th, 2014

The trail was free of snow except for a few small and easily crossed patches near 6000′. It was brushy in places but not difficult to follow, with only a few downed tree to climb over or around. Poison oak was abundant everywhere below about 3500′ (especially between the McCloud River and Trough Creek), but could be avoided with care, although it did slow me down.
All the on-trail water sources noted on Halfmile’s maps were running well, and there were a few other still active springs as well. With the weather still relatively mild and the wildflowers in full bloom, it was a great time to hike this Section.

July 7, 2011

July 7. Heading south. We bumped north from Kearsarge Pass to Castle Crags on June 27. Trail from Castle Crags south was in great shape on 6/27 for the first 25 miles. Hit snow at about 5500 ft. Hiked in deep snow for the next twenty miles and rarely saw trail. Used GPS extensively. Found that walking the south side of the ridge and Summit Rd. much better than PCT on north side of ridge. Trail good from about 5 miles south of Mushroom Rock to Burney Falls State Park.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton