Northern California

Blow down BIG tree

By: Kathy Howard
June 3rd, 2024

BIG blow down on PCT Section “O” just up from Cabin Creek bridge crossing or just down from top (convergence of several FS Roads 38N94/38N92/39N21, PCT crosses over forest service road 39N21 at the top and convergence of roads before heading up to hike over Girard Ridge.) Hikers can scramble over or under but impassable with horses… Was riding this section on horseback and had to turn around and back track A BIG bummer…

Trailheads closed in the Belden area due to landslide

By: Connor Swift
January 25th, 2024

The PCT trailheads in the Belden area are inaccessible due to a slide on CA-70. It is unclear when the highway will reopen. See visit the CalTrans website for the latest update. As of 1/25/23, their notice reads:

Is closed (CA-70) from Jarbo Gap (Butte Co) to the Greenville Wye (Plumas Co) – Due to a rock slide – Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.

North Fork Feather River bridge

By: Jamie Nowitzky
June 1st, 2023

The bridge has suffered moderate damage over the winter months the hand rail before the bridge on the south end has been crushed by a fallen tree, which needs to be removed. The hand rails on both sides of the bridge proper have missing boards or partially detached boards and some of the bolts that connect the rails to the foot boards have been ripped out making these very loose. Please be carefull 🙂

Grider Creek Campground and trailhead

By: Ian Nelson
April 12th, 2021

The Grider Creek campground is closed until further notice due to hazard trees and flood damage. A gate was recently installed blocking access to the trailhead parking in the campground. Parking is available just outside the gate to access the PCT but choose your parking location carefully as there are many dead trees in the area.

Grider Creek Drainage, Trees and Overgrowth

By: Brandon Kynsi
April 12th, 2021

As of mid-April 2021, the trail through the 2014 Happy Camp Complex burn area from at least the Paradise Lake to Grider Creek Campground (1628.0-1646.9) has quite a few burnt fallen trees per trail mile at lower elevations with some small-diameter overgrowth in patches. The trail cut itself is in great shape and very navigable in this section, but expect to be slowed a little by these obstacles. The old burnt logs in this area frequently attract ant colonies just under the bark as the wood rots so use caution when brushing against or sitting on these logs.

Lassen NP Backcountry Camping Closure Expanded Beyond Twin & Rainbow Lakes Area

July 17th, 2020

Lassen Volcanic National Park News Release

Release Date: July 10, 2020  Updated: July 17th with expanded closure area

Contact: Kevin Sweeney, [email protected], (530) 595-6130

Lassen Volcanic Backcountry Camping Closure Area Expands

Mineral, CA – An area in Lassen Volcanic National Park is closed to backcountry camping due to black bear(s) obtaining food from campers.

The area in Lassen Volcanic National Park closed to backcountry camping due to black bear(s) obtaining food has expanded. The area east of Lassen National Park Highway (CA State Highway 89), Hat Creek, and Kings Creek is closed to overnight backpacking use. This closure does not impact day use including hiking and stock use or camping within developed campgrounds.

At least one black bear has obtained improperly stored food and/or scented items from backcountry campers. After multiple incidents, one or more bears have learned to associate humans and their equipment with a food reward. The bear has also been unresponsive to hazing by hikers. In one incident the bear boldly searched a campsite and gear undeterred by backpackers yelling and making loud noises nearby.

The closure is in place for 60 days to reduce negative human and bear interactions and provide the bear(s) with a period to return to normal foraging behavior before further action is required. The closure does not apply to hiking or stock use, however users are encouraged to exercise caution and be bear aware. Additional information and a map of the closure area are available at

All visitors can protect themselves and park wildlife by being bear aware. When hiking in the park: never leave your pack unattended, make noise to avoid surprising a bear, and be particularly alert for bear activity when near streams or vegetation. If you come upon a bear, walk away slowly―never run or drop your pack. More information about black bears and bear safety is available at

Backpackers are required to store all food and scented items in an approved, bear-resistant storage container while in the park. Canisters are available for rent at the Loomis Museum or Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center during business hours. Backpackers can view a list of containers certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) or learn more about backpacking regulations at

Lassen Volcanic is home to a population of approximately 30 black bears; there are no brown or grizzly bears in the park. Information about black bears in the park is provided in large part by visitor-submitted wildlife sighting reports. Please report wildlife sightings, especially any threatening behavior, to a park employee or by emailing [email protected].

Visitors are also highly encouraged to continue to recreate safely by following California State guidance, practicing Leave No Trace principles, avoiding crowding, and avoiding high-risk outdoor activities. Learn more about how you can recreate responsibly at Lassen Volcanic at