Section G

Chimney Fire between Walker Pass and Kennedy Meadows

June 6th, 2016

Last updated at 9:31 am on June 6, 2016

PCT thru-hikers sprint away from the Chimney Fire on June 1. Be safe! Photo by Elliot Schwimmer

PCT thru-hikers sprint away from the Chimney Fire on June 1. Be safe! Photo by Elliot Schwimmer

The Pacific Crest Trail is open again between Highway 178 at Walker Pass (mile 652) and Kennedy Meadows (mile 702) after the Chimney Fire closed the trail for a few days. The fire started on June 1st. It is reported to be a human caused fire.

The burn was near the PCT, the Chimney Creek Campground (mile 681) and the area around it. The trail has not burned.



Chimney Fire data from 6.2.16 at 6:47 am

Chimney Fire data from 6.2.16 at 6:47 am

Section G Rockhouse Basin to Beck Mdws

By: HyltonHiker
May 1st, 2013

The trail tread is in good shape in this area the problems here is: two big rocks that rolled onto the trail between Rockhouse Basin and Kennedy Mdws hikers and horses can still get around them pretty easy aslo I counted 12 downed snags across the trail all within the 2008 Clover Fire. No snow present anywhere and the creeks are running to a trickle. No running water at Kennedy Mdws CG. Did this hike on 4/27/13

Trail Conditions from Canebrake Rd to Spanish Needles Canyon

By: HyltonHiker
April 16th, 2013

The trail in this section of the Owens Pk Wilderness I found that there is mainly tread work north of Spanish Needle Ck some sections are real bad it was like sidehilling also there are some spots where rock walls need rebuilding and few scrub oaks growing across the trail that just need clipped with clippers, and only came across two downed trees. Spanish Needels Creek is flowing to almost a trickle. There is no snow present on this section of trail or any where in section G. I did this hike on 4/13/13

Trail Conditions north of Walker Pass to Spanish Needles Cyn

By: Steve Hylton aka "HyltonHiker"
April 1st, 2013

The trail is in fairly good condition other than just some minor tread work mainly a 1/4 mile north of the Jenkins plaque, also I saw three spots where the trail could use some rockwall rebuilding and a few scrub oaks that could be cut back using clippers. There is no snow present anywhere on the trail in fact it is pretty dry so the fire danger is in effect in this area. Joshua Tree Springs is still flowing water. I did this hike on 3/30/13

May 25, 2011

Ned Tidbits reports to us by satellite phone that his party is north of Kennedy Meadows, having recently passed the Olancha Peak area. He says that there are thruhikers at Kennedy Meadows gearing up to follow his tracks.

Snow is reported to be “hard and compacted” at 2-5 feet deep on south facing slopes and 3-5 feet on north facing. Snow level starts at 10,000 feet on south facing and 9,500 feet on north facing. Early morning the snow is hard, reportedly requiring traction devices.

His party finds that their Kahtoola Microspikes are “rolling off the bottoms of our feet” on side hills, but that their Kahtoola KTS crampons are “great”.