Section N

June 25, 2011

As of 6/20/11, the PCT between Belden(Hwy 70) and Chester(Hwy 36) is still snow covered above 6300-6400 ft getting deeper as one ascends above that elev. In shaded areas the snow depth is obviously greater with drifts of 5-6 ft above that elev. Lots of HOT (90* temps) in the forecast though. I saw no evidence of anyone having hiked through that section yet.

June 4, 2011

From Old Station to Burney, the trail is free of snow and in good condition except for very few fallen trees. Generally the trail is wet, occasionally with 100 yard sections where it is filled with water.

From Sierra City north to Belden, looking at the altitude of the trail from the road and talking with a Sierra City resident who uses the local trails professionally, (mountain bike guide/shop owner), the trail here will have significant amounts of snow, particularly on north slopes. It was actively snowing when we were there.

May 1, 2011

It is May 1, 2011 and as a member of backcountry horseman I just got in after spending three days logging the burn area from Belden to about 300 yards south of williams cabin. it is open from Belden to where we were stopped by a landslide with snow down trees etc. We got into tons of ticks. they are really hungry and active this time of year. In November I rode south from Humbolt summit to Belden and at that time there was at least 50 places of down timber and I can only imagine what it is like now. Forest service is making noise that they plan to work the area this year so let’s see what happens.