Section R

Beaver Fire south of California/Oregon border

August 20th, 2014

The PCT is open again in this area.

The Beaver Fire continues to burn on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District.

A storm moved across Siskiyou County 7/29 and 7/30 with little moisture and a significant amount of lightning—with over 955 down strikes recorded.


MODIS fire layer taken at  11:27 am on 8/4/14

MODIS fire layer of California’s Beaver Fire taken at 11:27 am on 8/4/14

MODIS fire layer taken at 3:25pm on 8/1/14

MODIS fire layer taken at 3:25pm on 8/1/14

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!

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.

May 12, 2011

While the lower elevation sections of the PCT north and south of Seiad Valley, CA are accessible, the higher elevations on the Siskiyou Crest along the CA/OR state line are still holding significant snow. Acess and route finding on the Siskiyou Crest will remain challenging through the month of June.