TRAIL MAINTENANCE ISSUE

overgrown trail and tree down

Sections:
By: Julie Watkins-Jarvies
August 14th, 2017

Just came through Section K and while overgrowth in WA is expected, miles 2508-2510 is in desperate shape. It looks like fallen tree has diverted the creek down the PCT. With no natural outlet it’s become a swamp. Popping out on the Milk Creek “valley trail” is extremely overgrown with washed out portions on slipping banks. There is also a dangerous tree to get over along the way. Precarious at best! There are two FS crews in the area.

Large tree down across and overhanging the PCT

By: Justin K.
July 18th, 2017

PCT users: due to a large tree down across and overhanging the PCT, we suggest using a short and parallel alternate route. PCTA staff, volunteers and Forest Service staff have begun a project to remove the tree, but were unable to finish the project in one day. At approximately Halfmile 1243.35 pink and orange flagging lead PCT users from the PCT to Forest Service road 23N65Y8. PCT users can then take a right on the road and travel downhill to approximately Halfmile 1244.60 and reconnect with the PCT at the Middle Fork Feather River trailhead. Southbound PCT users will take the opposite route. Both ends of the trail are flagged off and labeled. Equestrians are strongly encouraged to use this short alternate route.

Downed Tree Report(s) Mile 285 – 295

Sections:
By: Hikin' Jim
June 1st, 2017

I did a short section hike with my daughter this past weekend from about mile 285 to about mile 295.

Here is my GPS track plotted on a topo map: https://caltopo.com/m/BB1T

I have marked the downed trees with a three digit number and the words “downed tree”. The worst are numbers 483, 486, 489, and 493 as I recall. None of these are impassable although #493 might be impassible to a person on horseback; it’s a very large log down perpendicular over the trail, possibly 40″ diameter, on a steep slope.

Photos of each available if they’re needed/wanted.

Regards,

HJ
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Mt Lassen blowdowns

By: Snickers and Veggie
May 30th, 2017

Just did a short piece from Old Station to Lassen. Many blow-downs across the trail from about .5 miles from the North Entrance of Lassen NP ( half mile pt. 1362) to about 1 mile in. We counted about 20 trees less than 12″ diameter, 7 12-24 inch, and 5 greater than 24. These were often in groups of 3-4 straight across the trail. The area is broad and relatively flat, so walk arounds are fairly easy, even for stock.

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

By: Jack Haskel
May 26th, 2017

EDIT: We were previously told by SEKI staff that the Woods Creek bridge was damaged. That information is incorrect.

South Fork Kings River bridge in Upper Paradise Valley is damaged

The South Fork of the Kings River is a major water course. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park staff tell us that the bridge across it is damaged. This likely a major issue for travel in the area. Do not plan on crossing. PCT/JMT hikers should not plan to leave the trail via this trail.

Effect on Rae Lakes Loop hikers

It’d be incredibly early to hike in this area regardless due to all of the snow and flooding creeks. But if you’re planning on hiking the Rae Lakes Loop, you should reconsider your plans. SEKI park staff recently sent out this note:

“The foot bridge across the South Fork of the Kings River in Upper Paradise Valley was severely damaged over the winter and has fallen into the water. The bridge is not safe to cross and the remaining bridge structure is very unstable. There are no other developed crossings in the area and visitors who intended to use the bridge should adjust their plans.” – SEKI

 

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: Nathaniel Middleton