Hiking partner and I hiked Carter Meadows TH to Etna Summit June 14 – 15, 2015. All of the trees that were on the trail have been cut and removed. Thank you trail crews. A few areas were a little brushy, the trail sustained some damage from the fire last year, but it didn’t make it a complete moonscape of the area. Beautiful views and water were still there, but the water may not be in a couple of months.
I hiked the 20 miles from Forest Hwy 93 to Hwy 3 on Saturday, November 8th. The trail itself is in perfect condition except for about 15 to 20 downed trees, but none are hard to get around. Zero snow on the trail. Good water in the bigger streams and several little springs. It was great weather.
The PCT is open again after the Happy Camp and July Complex from Shelly Fork (mile 1617.4) north to Seiad Valley (mile 1662.0).
The PCT is open again through the Russian Wilderness (mile 1592 to mile 1603) due to the Whites Fire. The trail is also open again from Carter Meadows Summit north to the southern Russian Wilderness boundary and from the northern Russian Wilderness Boundary north to Shelly Fork.
The PCT is also open again from Carter Meadows Summit and Scott Summit (Hwy 3) in the Trinity Alps Wilderness that had been closed due to the Coffee Fire.
There will be no official alternates.
- Klamath National Forest alerts page
- Fire information is available by calling Klamath National Forest at (530) 841-4451.
2 – 6″ & 8″ – up near top of switch backs map P2 section 36
1 – 10″ about 1/2 mile S of the above mentioned trees, PCT wooden sign post is leaning against the tree, also shrub on uphill side about 40 ft. N of tree needs to be trimmed.
The following are all on map P1:
1 – 6″ – just S of Dog Trail
1 – 18″ – about 1/4 – 1/2 M. S of Dog Trail, before W. Sulfur Creek, can go under it with some bending
2 – 8″ & 10″ – just S of E. Sulfur Creek
1 – 8″ S. of the N. Flume Trail crossing by about 20 yds.
Between Winton Canyon and N. Campground Water Supply Creek there are 4 separate areas, one area with several trees, none of the trees are larger than 8″
The Backcountry Horsemen have cleared all of the other trees in that section – thanks!!
Snow pack around mile 1539 of the PCT before the Deadfall Lakes, would suggest crampons – the area of the trail affected is on a steep ridge, with the snowpack blocking large sections of the trail.
Watch weather conditions, numerous downed trees and poor trail maintenance past White Ridge (Spring running strong) combined with fresh snowfall could completely obliterate trail visibility.
Spring directly prior to Lake Helen detour not running.
Trail is clear from I-5 to Scott Mtn Summitt.
Middle of October with no rain yet and water sources were the only real problem. Permanent water has been marked from the trail in 2 places and are worth the small detour to fill up. One is past Burstarse Creek and the other up by Devil’s Pocket.
While the PCT is accessible at Castle Crags SP, the Trail is still snow covered at the higher elevations north of the state park. Due to the heavy snow pack in Northern California much of the PCT through the Trinity Alps and Russian Wilderness area will remain snow covered well into June, particularly on north facing slopes.
- Equestrian issue
- Extreme hazard
- Snow conditions
- Trail Closure
- Trail maintenance issue
- Water conditions
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