Central California

Fallen Trees between Walker Pass and Chimney Creek

By: Gillian Larson
May 31st, 2022

There are about 2 to 3 dozen trees (maybe more) between Walker Pass and Chimney creek. The majority and largest of the trees are between Spanish Creek and Chimney Creek from about mile 670 to 677. There are also a few difficult downfalls farther south between 657 and 662. I made it through with 2 equines but wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t have a good saw and some equines that are willing to jump obstacles.

Landslide impacting trail on Sierra Buttes

By: Joe R.
June 10th, 2021

A landslide has destroyed the trail tread at approximately mile 1198.2 (Guthook miles). The slide, (not washout), is about 10 feet wide and took the entire trail track. Hikers are skirting around but it’s very dangerous to do that. No good place to traverse this. Steep slope and brush. Extremely dangerous to try with hundreds id feet drop if someone slipped.

If you assess that it’s too dangerous to cross, please turn around and do not attempt to cross it.

Map: https://arcg.is/15nSK0

Dangerous chutes north of Sonora Pass when snow is present

By: Frank
June 21st, 2016

North of Sonora Pass, in particular north of Hwy 4, holds steep and dangerous chutes when there is snow present. A serious chute is found at mile 1059.2; Coordinates 38.6187, -119.8436. There are three snow chutes in the area, sometimes the third chute is the most dangerous.

If you don’t have an ice axe or crampons, travel in this area is not advised at certain times.

Conditions change. We’ve heard from others who say this area isn’t that bad. Be careful and cautious. Turning around is always better than hurting yourself.

Raymond Peak