Northern California

Snow Pack Around Deadfall Lakes

By: Jazz Kenny
June 5th, 2013

Snow pack around mile 1539 of the PCT before the Deadfall Lakes, would suggest crampons – the area of the trail affected is on a steep ridge, with the snowpack blocking large sections of the trail.

Watch weather conditions, numerous downed trees and poor trail maintenance past White Ridge (Spring running strong) combined with fresh snowfall could completely obliterate trail visibility.

Spring directly prior to Lake Helen detour not running.

Belden equestrian TH to Poision Springs

By: Larry Kling
May 16th, 2013

Just finished three days logging out this section. We sure had a time of it with the fire damage especially between the Lassen boundary, and Mrytle flat. With two burns the lower section mile 1290.0 to 1294. looks like a war zone. Lower chips crossing is in bad shape with a steep entry washout and holes up to our stirrups. Lots of brush along chips creek and about a mile more of tick infested brush. Fair amount of snow below poison springs. After 99 trees over 5inchs and tons of brushing the trail is open for all including horses to about 300 yards below poison springs. I am very thankful for my partner Jerry Smith who worked above and beyond the call of duty on this one.

From Old Station/Rd 44 north to Burney Falls

By: Judith Z
April 16th, 2013

After the current cold snap(16-18th April) this section of N is nice right now for small section backpack as trail is in good shape, if a little grassy, not too hot, plus small wildflowers. There are 2 water caches, one large just before rd 22 and one smaller just before PCT crosses Cassel-Fall Mills Rd. The reservoir also has(questionable) water.

Danger of marijuana cultivation on the Pacific Crest Trail

By: Jack Haskel
April 5th, 2013

While only a fraction of our public lands are affected by illegal marijuana cultivation, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, Forest Service and our other agency partners believe that safety risks are real and everyone should be informed about them. Dangerous marijuana cultivation sites may be present on the Pacific Crest Trail corridor, especially in Southern California, but also all along the trail.

The safety of Pacific Crest Trail visitors, volunteers and employees is our top priority. Marijuana cultivation occurs on some public land and it’s important for everyone to be aware of their surroundings.

The disturbances that marijuana cultivation makes on natural resources causes extensive and long-term damage to ecosystems and impacts the supplies of public drinking water for hundreds of miles. Growers clear native vegetation before planting and sometimes use miles of black plastic tubing to transport large volumes of water from creeks that are often dammed for irrigation. The use of banned herbicides and pesticides by marijuana growers kill wildlife and competing vegetation. This loss of vegetation allows rainwater to erode the soil and wash poisons, human waste, and trash from the grow sites into streams and rivers.

Here are some clues that you may have come across a marijuana cultivation site:

  • Sometimes marijuana smells like a skunk on hot days.
  • Hoses or drip lines located in unusual or unexpected places.
  • A well-used trail where there shouldn’t be one.
  • People standing along roads without vehicles present, or in areas where loitering appears unusual.
  • Grow sites are usually found in isolated locations, in rough steep terrain.
  • Camps containing cooking and sleeping areas with food, fertilizer, weapons, garbage, rat poison, and/or dead animals.
  • Small propane bottles, which are used to avoid the detection of wood smoke.
  • Individuals armed with rifles out of hunting season.

As soon as you become aware that you have come upon a cultivation site, back out immediately. Never engage the growers as these are extremely dangerous people. If you can identify a landmark or record a GPS coordinate, that’s very helpful. The growers may be present and may or may not know that you have found their grow site.

Get to a safe place and report as much detail about the location and incident as you can recall to any uniformed land agency employee or to the local law enforcement agency. Please also notify the PCTA. Leave the way you came in, and make as little noise as possible.

Additionally:


 

U.S. Forest Service. (2011). Be Safe on Our Public Lands – What to do if you Encounter a Marijuana Cultivation Site. Retrieved from http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5324909

October 25, 2012

By: Tom

Trail is clear from I-5 to Scott Mtn Summitt.

Middle of October with no rain yet and water sources were the only real problem. Permanent water has been marked from the trail in 2 places and are worth the small detour to fill up. One is past Burstarse Creek and the other up by Devil’s Pocket.