SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Sand Fire Closure south of Agua Dulce

April 20th, 2017

UPDATE:  The PCT through the Sand Fire Closure area is open as of 4/29/17.  The Forest surrounding the PCT is still closed.  There is no camping permitted in the section of PCT with in the Sand Fire Burn except for at North Fork Station.  You are permitted to camp at North Fork.  As soon as the Forest posts the printed map and amended order, we will post it here.  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.

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

Maps

Please utilize this map to know where the Sand Fire boundary is so that you don’t camp within the boundary except at North Fork Station.

The Angeles National Forest Sand Fire closure area.

Resources

Trail erosion

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By: Lynn
April 6th, 2017

From approximately mile 544.5-546.5 the trail is eroded in many places on the steep switchbacks, often to the point of the trail being almost nonexistent. The steep incline and unstable sand makes the tread very dangerous for hikers and probably impassable for equestrians.

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.

Mountain Fire closure on Mt. San Jacinto

November 28th, 2016

This closure will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

The Mountain Fire started on July 15, 2013 near the junction of Highway 243 and Highway 74. The fire is out but the Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from Fobes Ranch Trail (mile 166.5) north to Tahquitz Valley Trail (mile 177.3).

The Pacific Crest Trail was extensively damaged with up to 2 miles of the trail being lost as a result of damages caused by the Mountain Fire. Years of work has gone into reopening the PCT and the effort continues. The closure was last reduced in size in November 2016.

november-2016-mountain-fire-closure-map

Official documents

The Mountain Fire closure is administered by San Bernardino National Forest and closure order, map and other documents can be found here.

Possible alternate

Walking around this closure is feasible and enjoyable. While it’s a lot of elevation loss and gain, you’ll pass through a beautiful area, mostly on quiet forest roads.

Traveling northbound on the PCT, take the Fobes Ranch Trail (4E04) downhill to the trailhead. Walk Fobes Ranch Road (6S05) to Highway 74. Walk north along  the Highway 74 corridor, past Hurkey Creek Campground. Turn right on May Valley Road. Take that road (technically, Road 5S05) and turn left on 5S21 to stay on May Valley Road. Turn right onto the South Ridge Trail. Take the South Ridge Trail (TR. 3E08) uphill, past the South Ridge Trailhead and rejoin the PCT near Tahquitz Peak.

 

Delamar Fire burn area

October 3rd, 2016

The PCT is now open through the Delmar burn area.  Please exercise caution when traveling through a recently burned area.  The trail will most likely not be to the usual PCT standard, soils have changed and there have been many other impacts to the land.  Please be careful.

The PCT is closed due to the Delamar fire from road 3N14, near Little Bear Springs Camp approximately mile 285 south to road 3N09, Van Dusen Canyon Road mile 275.1.

delamar-fire

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5051/

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

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton