Central California

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.

Yosemite Fire Restrictions

By: Jack Haskel
August 28th, 2013

Yosemite National Park is experiencing very high fire danger along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. Due to the current and predicted fire conditions and fire behavior the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park will be implementing the following fire restrictions until further notice is given.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 2.13( c):

  • No smoking and no building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or cooking fire (including charcoal fires) within Yosemite Wilderness or at the High Sierra Camps. Portable stoves using gas or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed. Alcohol and “Sierra” stoves may not be used in wilderness under these restrictions.
  • Campfires and cooking fires may still be used in designated campgrounds and picnic areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations.
    Campgrounds: Upper Pines, Lower Pines, North Pines, Camp 4, Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, Hogdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, Porcupine Flat and Tuolumne Meadows.
    Picnic Areas: Lembert Dome, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite Creek, Wawona, Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, Cascade, El Capitan, Cathedral Beach, Sentinel Beach, Swing Bridge, Church Bowl and Lower Yosemite Falls.
  • Administrative activities are exempt from this order.

Notice of closure will be posted and areas will be monitored to ensure compliance. Your cooperation in complying with this temporary restriction is greatly appreciated.

The designation will remain in place until rescinded.

Yosemite Fire Restriction Notice PDF