SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Wild Pit Bulls

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By: Don Line
January 24th, 2018

3 Pit bulls again have attacked cows in the area near the Whitewater Preserve (between mile 216 and 221). This time they killed a calf very near the preserve. Use extreme caution while day or section hiking north of Interstate 10. Report any sightings to the rangers at the Preserve.

Whitewater Preserve

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By: Don Line
November 27th, 2017

The trail south of the Whitewater Preserve was temporary closed Saturday and Sunday (November 11 & 12) near mile 217.50 due to 3 pit bulls attacking a cow ! True !! Use caution in this area for the dogs and cows. Please report anything seen to the Rangers at Whitewater or the PCTA.

stinging insect mitigation

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By: james munn
November 27th, 2017

The stinging insect problem reported at mile 202 showed evidence of being attended to by trail crew and the insects have moved on to some other location.
As of 10-31-17 no stinging insects found.

Mountain Fire closure on Mt. San Jacinto

November 16th, 2017

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 Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from Spitler Trail (mile 168.6) 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 trail is reopening in three phases. Phase 1 opened in November 1016 and phase 2 opened in November 2017.

Official documents

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

Detour information

We’re working on new maps that will show the route from the Spitler Peak Trail to Idyllwild and then back to the PCT.

Holcomb Fire near Big Bear, Calif.

July 6th, 2017

The Holcomb Fire started on June 19th near Big Bear, California. The fire is out but the trail remains closed.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed for about one mile from Holcomb Valley Road (paved road 3N08) at mile 268 to about mile 269. We do not know at this time when the trail will reopen.

The fastest detour is hike up Forest Road 3N16 to 3N69 (Gold Mt) and up to the PCT junction.

Resources

 

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton