TRAIL CLOSURE

Holcomb Fire near Big Bear, Calif.

June 19th, 2017

The Holcomb Fire started around 3:05 PM on June 19th near Big Bear, California.

The fire is burning north of Baldwin Lake near where the PCT crosses Highway 18 (PCT mile 266).

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed for about 9 miles from Highway 18 (mile 266) to Van Dusen Road (mile 275). Highway 18 is also closed. We recommend leaving the trail before the official closure.

Resources

Sand Fire camping closure south of Agua Dulce

May 9th, 2017

The PCT through the Sand Fire closure area is open as of 4/29/17. While the trail is open, the rest of the burn area on Angeles National Forest surrounding the PCT is still closed.

In the burn area, camping is only permitted at the North Fork Station. Dispersed/remote camping is still not allowed in the burn area closure. The burn closure and no camping zone extends from Mt. Gleason/Messenger Flats (~mile 429.5) to Soledad Canyon Road (~mile 444).

We’re immensely grateful to all of the PCTA Trail Gorillas who volunteered to repair the trail in the burn area and to the dedicated PCT advocates at Angeles National Forest who help the trail and the lands that it passes through.

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.

Resources

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.

 

Lake Fire closure south of Big Bear, Calif.

July 18th, 2016

The Pacific Crest Trail is open again for all users through the Lake Fire closure. However, camping is not allowed in the burn area and travel must be done in a day. Please do not leave the PCT as other trails and areas remain closed.  Details about the rest of the closed areas can be seen in the closure order.

Approximately four miles of PCT are within the burn perimeter. 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. Again, no camping is allowed in the burn area at this time.

There has been some confusion about the status of the closure but the information above is correct and San Bernardino National Forest is working on clarifying the matter.

Lake Fire resources

Maps

Lake Fire and the Pacific Crest Trail

Angeles NF endangered species closure

March 24th, 2013

There is a long-term closure of the PCT north of Islip Saddle. The trail is closed to protect the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog. An alternate to the PCT is in place. Hikers and equestrians should note that the alternate trails are not up to the standards of the PCT. They may be steep and exposed and unsuitable for some, especially equestrians. To be clear, this alternate trail is probably not appropriate for horses. The alternate is long and has a lot of elevation gain and loss, but it also has some interesting geology and is a worthy hike. View and print a map of the endangered species detour.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton