Northern California

Klamath National Forest – White, Happy Camp and July Complexes

October 1st, 2014

The PCT is open again after the Happy Camp and July Complex from Shelly Fork (mile 1617.4) north to Seiad Valley (mile 1662.0).

The PCT is open again through the Russian Wilderness (mile 1592 to mile 1603) due to the Whites Fire. The trail is also open again from Carter Meadows Summit north to the southern Russian Wilderness boundary and from the northern Russian Wilderness Boundary north to Shelly Fork.

The PCT is also open again from Carter Meadows Summit and Scott Summit (Hwy 3) in the Trinity Alps Wilderness that had been closed due to the Coffee Fire.

There will be no official alternates.


Beaver Fire south of California/Oregon border

August 20th, 2014

The PCT is open again in this area.

The Beaver Fire continues to burn on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District.

A storm moved across Siskiyou County 7/29 and 7/30 with little moisture and a significant amount of lightning—with over 955 down strikes recorded.


MODIS fire layer taken at  11:27 am on 8/4/14

MODIS fire layer of California’s Beaver Fire taken at 11:27 am on 8/4/14

MODIS fire layer taken at 3:25pm on 8/1/14

MODIS fire layer taken at 3:25pm on 8/1/14

Bald and Eiler Fires – Hat Creek Rim, Calif.

August 19th, 2014

The PCT is open again in this area.

The Bald Fire and Eiler Fires burned near the PCT around the Hat Creek Rim, the communities of Old Station, Hat Creek, Burney and others.

MODIS layer of the Eiler and Bald Fires as seen on 8/4/14 at 9 a.m.

MODIS layer of the Eiler and Bald Fires as seen on 8/4/14 at 9 a.m.

Bald Fire (foreground) and Day Fire (background), taken 7-31-14 (thanks to Walter Bunt)

Bald Fire (foreground) and Day Fire (background), taken 7-31-14 (thanks to Walter Bunt)

MODIS fire layer for the Bald Fire as seen at 2:29pm on 8/1/14

MODIS fire layer for the Bald Fire as seen at 2:29pm on 8/1/14

Burney Falls to Castle Crags, 5/21-26/14

By: Tom Weaver (White Hatter)
June 9th, 2014

The trail was free of snow except for a few small and easily crossed patches near 6000′. It was brushy in places but not difficult to follow, with only a few downed tree to climb over or around. Poison oak was abundant everywhere below about 3500′ (especially between the McCloud River and Trough Creek), but could be avoided with care, although it did slow me down.
All the on-trail water sources noted on Halfmile’s maps were running well, and there were a few other still active springs as well. With the weather still relatively mild and the wildflowers in full bloom, it was a great time to hike this Section.

Trees across trail

By: Wendy Johnson
July 22nd, 2013

2 – 6″ & 8″ – up near top of switch backs map P2 section 36
1 – 10″ about 1/2 mile S of the above mentioned trees, PCT wooden sign post is leaning against the tree, also shrub on uphill side about 40 ft. N of tree needs to be trimmed.

The following are all on map P1:
1 – 6″ – just S of Dog Trail
1 – 18″ – about 1/4 – 1/2 M. S of Dog Trail, before W. Sulfur Creek, can go under it with some bending
2 – 8″ & 10″ – just S of E. Sulfur Creek
1 – 8″ S. of the N. Flume Trail crossing by about 20 yds.
Between Winton Canyon and N. Campground Water Supply Creek there are 4 separate areas, one area with several trees, none of the trees are larger than 8″

The Backcountry Horsemen have cleared all of the other trees in that section – thanks!!

Belden to Highway 36

By: Paul N.
June 25th, 2013

I started at Belden about 4pm Thursday (6/20/13) and camped at Myrtle Flat that night. The trail was clear of downed trees but could definitely use some brush clearing. Lots of poison oak all along the trail edges. The next day between Myrtle Flat and Poison Spring the brush got worse – in places it wasn’t clear just where the trail was, given that the bushes had grown together and the trail underneath was pretty eroded in places. For a while, it felt as though I was going cross country. That said, those guys that did the logging of the trail in May, clearing it of downed trees did a great job. There were almost zero blocking the trail through that area which was wonderful. (and plenty of fresh saw cuts and evidence that someone had been hard at work there clearing the trail).

North of Poison Spring I started to encounter a few downed trees (and mosquitos). I loaded up with water at Cold Springs, (but not enough it turned out later the next day), and made a dry camp at Humboldt Summit Friday night. Nobody else there until some car campers came by about midnight. Nice camp though and wonderful views and no mosquitos! Next morning I left early hoping for water along the way somewhere, but never did find any until reaching Soldier Springs about 4pm, and I was hot, tired, and thirsty by then. The five miles or so after the Butt Mountain junction had quite a few big downed trees across the trail, some difficult to get around.

Another thing I noticed which concerned me for a while was that in that same five mile section there were virtually no trail “diamond” markers. Don’t know why they were missing on that piece of trail. I had seen them faithfully everywhere else along the way, and because I was essentially out of water by then, it was a bit worrisome. Had me a little bit spooked, but I couldn’t quite imagine that I had gotten off on some side trail. When I came across the “Midpoint” marker, I was happy and relieved. Wrote in my first trail log there.

Saturday night I camped at Soldier Creek, a small but very nice spot right next to the water. I drank a lot of water when I got there. And then I hiked out to Highway 36 by 9am on Sunday.

So my recommendations for this part of Section N would be some serious brushing south of Poison Spring, some log clearing north of Butt Mtn junction, along with some diamond (or better yet) – PCT Trail markers.

I didn’t see any rattlesnakes, and watched for ticks but wasn’t aware of having any of them find me. Saw several deer, lots of great birds, tons of beautiful wildflowers, one big buzzard, and one bear that was scrambling to get away from me even though he was at some distance away already.

Reading Fire Burn Area through Lassen Now Open; Clear of Trees and Snow

By: White Hatter (Tom Weaver)
June 17th, 2013

I hiked northbound from Highway 36 to Old Station June 10-12. This section is now completely free of snow, and the PCT through the Reading Fire area has reopened after being cleared of the many burned trees that had fallen across the trail. (I verified this with a Ranger despite seeing a sign to the contrary.) Further south there were dozens of trees down across the trail, but all could be quickly gotten around by hikers. All water sources noted on Halfmile’s maps are running well, plus others like the Badger Flats outlet stream. Kings Creek is a wet ford with water about 18″ deep, but negotiable with poles or a stick.