EXTREME HAZARD

Damaged bridge affects PCT/JMT and Rae Lakes Loop in significant way

By: Jack Haskel
April 13th, 2018

This is not on the PCT, but it is on a significant side trail.

The South Fork Kings River Bridge above Paradise Valley washed out during the winter of 2016-2017. Construction of a replacement bridge will not begin before 2019. Depending on conditions, crossing the South Fork of the Kings River can be extremely hazardous. Observe conditions carefully and then evaluate the risk of crossing. Be prepared to turn back. If you hike the Rae Lakes Loop beginning from Bubbs Creek, plan for the possibility that you may have to backtrack to safely reach Cedar Grove.

 

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.

many trees down

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By: Gary Pegg
September 11th, 2017

I was forced to turn around on my thru ride just north of Sitkum Creek and the north Whitechuck trail junction by several massive windfalls. Other windfalls block any possible go arounds both up and down hill from the trees across the trail. These are large trees, 36 to 60 inch in diameter on a steep hillside that on foot I repeatedly slipped and fell while trying to locate a way to get the horse around. I do not believe it is possible to get a horse through this area.

Damaged bridge affects Rae Lakes Loop – Woods Creek/PCT-JMT Junction

By: Webdweeb
May 26th, 2017

[EDIT: for more information see: https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-condition/damaged-bridges-effect-pctjmt-rae-lakes-loop-significant-way/]

I was advised by the SEKI visitor center that there are two damaged backcountry bridges in the Rae Lakes Loop area-the first crosses the South Fork of the King’s River in Upper Paradise Valley, and the second (most relevant to PCT and JMT hikers) crosses Woods Creek at the Woods Creek/JMT-PCT trail junction. The first closure is mentioned on the SEKI trail conditions web page, but the second is not yet posted-I assume they will update this status soon. There will apparently be efforts to helicopter in temporary bridges and/or repair materials for both crossings, but there was no timeline given for this work. The office stressed that both crossings were very hazardous to cross without the bridge and cautioned not to attempt a ford or a crossing on the remnants of the damaged bridges.

Photo by: Henrik Frederiksen