Northern California

Temporary closures for trail work on Grider Creek

September 14th, 2016

On the morning of September 15th, 2016 there will be temporary closures at Grider Creek (around mile 1640) as a new bridge is helicoptered in. Hikers and riders may be held from advancing for a few hours at a time. A second bridge will be flown in later this month and similar holds will occur. The date is being figured out now.

Carter Meadows to Etna Summit

By: Laurie Hallum
June 22nd, 2015

Hiking partner and I hiked Carter Meadows TH to Etna Summit June 14 – 15, 2015. All of the trees that were on the trail have been cut and removed. Thank you trail crews. A few areas were a little brushy, the trail sustained some damage from the fire last year, but it didn’t make it a complete moonscape of the area. Beautiful views and water were still there, but the water may not be in a couple of months.

Significant number of trees across PCT in Lassen National Park

By: Lassen NP
June 9th, 2015

It should be noted, that Lassen Volcanic National Park experienced a major wind event this past February causing a significant number of trees to fall over the winter months. The amount of blow down on park trails this year is unprecedented and our crews are working hard to clear park trails for our visitors as soon as possible. Along the northern portion of the Pacific Crest Trail alone, approximately 390 trees fell over the winter. Volunteers from the Pacific Crest Trail Association working in tandem with the park trail crew will cross-cut clear the trees June 14 through June 20.  Hikers should use caution while navigating through the fallen trees and should expect trails that have not been cleared to take twice as long as usual to hike. Equestrians will be unable to navigate most trails until they are cleared of downed trees. To check the most current trail conditions, visit http://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/hiking_lassen_park.htm

Timber project near Chester, CA

By: Justin K.
March 31st, 2015

Beginning in mid-April, the Collins Pine Co. will begin a timber thinning project on private lands that are adjacent to the Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District. Approximately the first two miles of the PCT north of the Hwy 36 crossing (just west of Chester, CA) may be affected by project activities (see map). If you are hiking or horseback riding on the PCT, you may encounter heavy machinery and management activities in this area. While the project is ongoing, the Collins Pines staff will place signs alerting trail users to project activities. Additionally, when project activities overlap or are very close to the trail, a Collins Pines employee will be on the ground to ensure trail users can safely pass through the project area.

You can see a project map here.

Flagging near Old Station on Lassen NF

By: Justin K.
January 8th, 2015

Flagging was placed by Lassen National Forest Staff along the PCT on the Hat Creek Ranger District near the town of Old Station. Approximately one mile of the PCT is lightly flagged from Forest Service Road 32N99 north to the PCT/Spatter Cone trail junction. The flagging colors are orange and white with blue poka-dots.

The flagging was placed to mark a vegetation management project that will be implemented in the spring of 2015. Although some trail users may find the flagging to be a visual impact, the Lassen National Forest and PCTA ask that PCT users do not pull the flagging down, as it is necessary for project implementation. In instances where flagging has been removed along the trail, it has necessitated Forest Service or PCTA staff to duplicate their efforts by re-marking the trail. PCTA appreciates trail users’ understanding.