WATER CONDITIONS

overgrown trail and tree down

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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.

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.

Highway 62 to Highway 140

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By: cb97123
August 24th, 2016

The trail within the National Park is in perfect condition, however there is a significant number of blown down logs across the trail in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Many logs to go around between the park boundary and Sevenmile Trail (1802) and again between Snow Lakes Trail and Mt. McLoughlin Trail. The only good water on trail is near Cliff Lake (1798) and Christi Spring (1782), Honeymoon Creek is stagnant and Jack Spring is putrid.

Silverwood Lake Algae Blooms

August 4th, 2016

Please note that the current water conditions in Lake Silverwood are constantly changing.  Currently there is an algae bloom in the lake and state officials have posted a no swimming advisory for the lake.  The lake has been signed but as the PCT navigates around the lake and to some remote beaches, it seems prudent to alert the hiking community.

You can find updates from the Park here

and read more information on the situation here

Section J Stevens to Park Lakes

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By: inchworm
July 19th, 2016

The summer is coming very late this year and both natural conditions and trail maintenance are not yet to where they would be for a July hike. Several pieces of the trail have significant amounts of large downed trees, notably south of Deep Lake to Waptus Trail 1310, and from Lemah Creek south to Spectacle Lake. While most are passable by hikers (only once did I have to remove my pack), it will slow travel time significantly. Between Waptus and Escondido Ridge, the brush was thick enough to slow you down also. This stretch is impassable by stock.

Water levels are high for this time of year. The “potentially treacherous” ford just south of Deception Pass is still quite high and I have no idea how one hiker we met barely got his feet wet (he said he went far downstream). Everyone else got a thigh-high soak in cold, swift water. Many streams and creeks required knee high wet crossings where normally you could boulder hop or wade ankle deep.

Snow is still sitting in patches and in some cases in 1/8 mile traverses in the bowls at high elevation (Chickamin Ridge especially). You can see the trail, so you won’t get lost though, and it is crossable and good condition midday if you are comfortable with snow.

Bugs were really not bad with recent rain and cold. Deception Lake was awful, plan not to stop there yet. Temperatures were in the 50s by day and 40s at night.

All in all, this section’s challenges are as though it is late June, rather than July.

Crater Lake to Fish Lake water sources

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By: JaNell
July 23rd, 2015

My friend and I just did the 50 mile hike between Fisher Lake and Crater Lake. For the most part there were many places to find water. For those who are planning to refill your water at Jack Spring you won’t be able too, the spring has dried up. The next closes place to refill is Ranger Spring which is south of Jack Spring and 1 mile off the trail. It’s a beautiful place to stop and cool off. There are still plenty of small streams between Ranger Spring and Devil Peak. The other place we had counted on was Snow Lake. Which we either missed or the sign was burnt in the last forest fire. Fortunately we had filter extra water at Christi Springs.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton