Section Q

Increased Traffic on Hwy 96 thru Seiad Valley

By: Ian Nelson
June 16th, 2021

Please note that a significant increase in truck traffic on Hwy 96 through Seiad Valley has made the already tedious road walk on the PCT an area to exercise even more caution. Log trucks carrying logs from post-fire salvage logging are regularly seen heading east while gravel trucks associated with road work near Happy Camp are heading west. Please stay extra vigilant when walking the PCT’s route along Hwy 96 as you cross the Klamath River and pass through the town of Seiad Valley, CA.

Grider Creek Campground and trailhead

By: Ian Nelson
April 12th, 2021

The Grider Creek campground is closed until further notice due to hazard trees and flood damage. A gate was recently installed blocking access to the trailhead parking in the campground. Parking is available just outside the gate to access the PCT but choose your parking location carefully as there are many dead trees in the area.

Grider Creek Drainage, Trees and Overgrowth

By: Brandon Kynsi
April 12th, 2021

As of mid-April 2021, the trail through the 2014 Happy Camp Complex burn area from at least the Paradise Lake to Grider Creek Campground (1628.0-1646.9) has quite a few burnt fallen trees per trail mile at lower elevations with some small-diameter overgrowth in patches. The trail cut itself is in great shape and very navigable in this section, but expect to be slowed a little by these obstacles. The old burnt logs in this area frequently attract ant colonies just under the bark as the wood rots so use caution when brushing against or sitting on these logs.