Northern California

July 14, 2012

Just back from logging out trail from poison springs to hwy 36 . This will update my report from Belden to hwy 36 that is now cleared for stock travel plus all our hiking friends. Cleared over 150 down trees in this 46 mile plus section. Happy trails guys.

July 9, 2012

Hiking north from Seiad Valley the 0.6 mile section between the saddle at Lower Devil’s peak and the Darkey Creek Trail turn-off is Badly eroded.Due to the fire, no vegetastion and rockfall from above has in places obliterated actual tread.300 drop on left, not passable for stock IMO.Tail needs to be rerouted 30 feet higher where ther is some stabilizing brush, or at the least dug out(but problem will re-occur) easiest acess from Cook and Geeen Pass to avoid
4400 foot climb to damaged section!

June 16, 2012

Have been logging out from Belden north as a member of backcountry horseman.Two other members have assisted as well, and as of June 14,2012 we have made it to Poison Springs from Belden. Happy to report this section is open to stock travel. Lower crossing of Chips creek is still high but appears to be OK. We will be working on the Poison springs to Lake Alamador in the next 30 days.

Stream areas are a little thick with brush but trail is visible.

July 28, 2011

Belden to Hwy 36/89, hiked July 16-19, pretty bad condition, though passable.

Belden to Myrtle Flat camp: Some trees blown down, and lots of brush grown completely over the trail. You know the trail is under you, but can’t see it. We met the Plumas NF woman in charge of their part of the trail (she was with a crew south of Belden), and she said they were on the Plumas part of the trail in May and the botanist with them said “don’t clear the brush, it will just grow back.” We saw lots of thru hikers in this area, so the trail is getting more use and should be brushed.

Half hour north of Myrtle Flat camp: Huge number of trees down over trail, about 100 yards of it. Looks like it came from an avalanche up above (you can see a waterfall and steep hillside).

Side creeks to Chips Creeks, below Poison Springs: Two of them had to be forded in sandals, water high but OK.

Poison (Andesite?) Springs over the top of the crest and down the steep north side toward Humbug Summit: This was the worst for navigation in the deep snow. No diamond trail markers on trees, when we needed them the most. We looked down tree wells for sawed logs and limbs to find the trail. Stay high on slope until you can descend to flat off the northeast nose of the crest.

Willow Creek: Camped there for water, worst mosquitoes ever. Cold Spring might be better.

One mile before Hwy 36/89: The Soldier Creek marsh has flooded the trail for about 2-300 yards, 6 inches to 2 feet. Rough and muddy and hard to see the bottom, hazardous as you step on branches and rocks. Better bare foot than with sandals that catch debris between sandal and foot.

Camping just north of trail (side trail to Carter Meadow) was very nice.

July 16, 2011

Just finished 82 miles from Seiad Valley to Hwy 66 in Oregon. Still lots of snow (some drifts over 5 feet high) in the Siskiyou Mts on some parts of the trail, particularly the north and northeast slopes. Some areas where it’s easy to lose the trail in the forest sections, due to snow drifts. With a good map and sense of direction, hikers should be fine. Beautiful wildflowers.

July 7, 2011

July 7. Heading south. We bumped north from Kearsarge Pass to Castle Crags on June 27. Trail from Castle Crags south was in great shape on 6/27 for the first 25 miles. Hit snow at about 5500 ft. Hiked in deep snow for the next twenty miles and rarely saw trail. Used GPS extensively. Found that walking the south side of the ridge and Summit Rd. much better than PCT on north side of ridge. Trail good from about 5 miles south of Mushroom Rock to Burney Falls State Park.

July 7. Going south. Burney to Old Station hot and dry. Going through Lassen Park we had heard crossing of King Creek difficult so we walked Hwy 89 to Summit Lake. The road was still closed after first 10 miles due to snow. Little traffic. Nice walk. Camped at Summit Lake Campground. Hiked cross-country paralleling Summit Creek and crossed King Creek on nice log where the creek is still small. Then walked SW to Corral Crossing on the south side of King Creek and on to Drakesbad. Received warm welcome and much-needed shower at Drakesbad. Creek high at Corral Crossing but log above water at 8 AM. Crossing possible. Trail clear south to Chester.