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Endangered Species Detour passable by hikers but not equestrians

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By: David Harris
August 23rd, 2018

Despite April 2014 and May 2017 reports to the contrary, the endangered species detour at Mile 386 from Islip Saddle to South Fork Campground is readily passable by hikers. The trail is rocky, passes above some steep drop-offs, and has sections where scree has slid across the path, so those who are nervous about heights might not enjoy the trail, but it is still readily passable by average hikers and is a minor challenge compared to many other problems faced by through-hikers. The trail is presently impassible to equestrians because of a huge log on a very steep hillside that hikers must crawl under.

The Endangered Species Detour tours some splendid country, including Big Rock Creek and the Devil’s Punchbowl, but it so long and has so much elevation loss and gain that most hikers I’ve met are doing the road walk from Eagles Nest to Burkhart Campground.

Cajon Pass to Swrthout Canyon

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By: Gary
March 13th, 2018

We hiked this recently. There is a homeless encampment now at the I-15 tunnel, just at the junction with Wagon Train Road. The trail is in good condition and the efforts of the maintenance crews is apparent. At one spot they built a small bench at a very scenic outlook. On our way back we noticed new mountain bike tracks on the trail. Those tracks led to the outlook where the bench had been destroyed to make a jump for the bikes.

Despite the recent rains, this section was waterless.

Angles NF endangered Species by-pass

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By: Ray Drasher
March 20th, 2017

The by-pass for the endangered species in Angeles Forest says equestrians should use this, but under no circumstance should any equestrian use any part of this. Even hikers should beware since there has been severe erosion on much of the Punchbowl trail portion before some of the heavy rains that have come since I inspected this. Have been working on getting volunteer support for this but none so far. Equestrian, especially any with Pack animals should continue on the trail till Eagles Roost and walk the Highway 2 till Cloudburst Summit. If done during the week in the morning not much traffic to worry about. Going down by Buckhorn to Littlerock creek has some tight areas for any packs so the extra mile or so highway is better from Buckhorn to Cloudburst. Hikers may want to consider the highway also to Buckhorn.

Blue Cut Fire in Cajon Pass

September 2nd, 2016

The Pacific Crest Trail is open within the Blue Cut Fire on San Bernardino National Forest. About 20 miles of the PCT are in the burn area and our community’s famous and much loved McDonalds was damaged in the fire. While the trail is open, this was a very intense burn in places and you should be careful. Hazards in recent burn areas may include: loose soils, rocks and trail tread, burned stump holes, hazard trees, unstable terrain and flash flooding and debris flows.

Beyond the PCT other places remain closed. Be sure to check with San Bernardino National Forest before traveling elsewhere.

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Blue Cut Fire and the Pacific Crest Trail

poodle dog

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By: Ray Drasher
May 13th, 2016

Just wanted to report in last month or so I have ridden from Mill Creek Summit to North Station and there is very little Poodle Dog Bush thru the area. The small amount should not affect anyone as long as watchful for the small amount left.
Ray Drasher