Central California

Blasting closure of JMT/PCT in Lyell Canyon on September 21st

By: Dave Kari
September 17th, 2014

Trail crews will be using explosives on the PCT/JMT in Lyell Canyon on the morning of Sunday Sept 21, 2014 at approximately 11:00 AM, with Monday Sept 22, 2014 as an alternative date. This blasting will be performed as part of the rerouting of The Pacific Crest/John Muir Trail about 1/3 mile north of the Ireland Creek Jct.
There will be a travel delay for north/south traffic for up to 1 hour at this time.
For questions or concerns please contact Dave Kari 379-1293.

Trail Clear from Raymond Lake to Tamarack Junction

By: Nevada Rambler
July 7th, 2014

As of 6/28/2014 the trail is now clear of snow at this point about 11 miles north of Ebbetts Pass, south of Blue Lakes.

There is some loose volcanic rock and erosion, but the trail crossing the escarpment is passable and in reasonable shape:

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http://www.nevadarambler.info/blog/2014/06/28/raymond-lake/

Echo Lake to Donner’s Pass- snow, obstacles and water

By: Pound Hound
June 20th, 2014

Going north from Echo Lake to Donner’s Pass, the trail has about 1/2 mile of snow on the north side of Dick’s Pass obscuring the trail. As it is switchbacking there, following tracks and using GPS allows you to find the connecting trail. Otherwise, there is patchy snow on shadowed sides of the mountains and many downed trees blocking the trail, but none are insurmountable with care. There are still many seasonal streams running so water is not an issue except from 1143-1155 where there is nothing.

Motorbike use

June 10th, 2014

My son’s and I use the trail to scout other hikes and climbs we choose to accomplish. Last week we were twenty-four miles north of Sierra City at A-Tree springs. There is no markings on the north side of the road for PCT. A young man rode his motorcycle from there to the American River on the PCT. It is amazing how much damage a powerful dirt bike does to the trail. It would be nice to have the “No Motorized Vehicles” placard placed into this location.

Sierra snow conditions for Forester Pass area – May 16, 2014

By: Ned Tibbits
May 16th, 2014

Ned Tibbits of http://mountaineducation.org/ called the PCTA office via satellite phone from the base of Forester Pass. He takes yearly early season trips to the PCT in the High Sierra.

Ned reports:
– Consistent snow on north facing slopes about 10,500 feet. It’s “hard and nasty in the morning and rediculously soft and slushy in the afternoon. Postholing starts around 11am or noon.”
– North of Tyndall Creek, the snow line starts at about 11,000 feet on south-facing slopes.
– On Forester Pass, the switchbacks are full of ice and Ned recommends climbing the rocks instead. In the chute on the south side of the pass there is snow on the trail. Someone has cut steps. There is “a minor cornice” at the top of the chute.
– There is very little water in general, with seasonal creeks being only a trickle. The larger creeks are flowing moderately strongly.