Southern California

Temporary trail traffic hold near I-10 when transmission line work occurs – West of Devers Upgrade Project

November 6th, 2018

Construction connected to Southern California Edison’s West of Devers Upgrade Project (a renewable energy project) will result in temporary holds on PCT hikers and riders around mile 210.

For the most part, construction will not impact trail users. During wire stringing between electrical towers, construction crews may ask hikers to wait for a safe time to cross under the wires.

Endangered Species Detour passable by hikers but not equestrians

Sections:
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.

Tehachapi Wind Farm safety notice

Sections:
By: Brookfield Renewable
August 6th, 2018

Brookfield Renewable, the owner and operator of the Tehachapi Wind Farm, wants to remind hikers and horseback riders to take reasonable precautions while near the project. Pay close attention to your surroundings and respect all signage and barriers. Stay on the trail in the area.

The wind farms contain high voltage cabling and equipment. Do not touch the turbines or any other equipment as this may cause severe injury or death.

For your personal safety please be aware of the following:

  • Maintenance activities and vehicles
  • High winds and lightning
  • Falling objects from blades and towers
  • Moving vehicles

North Gate Location: Lat 35 3’49.17” N, Long 118 20”45.56” W
South Gate Location: Lat 35 3’36.37” N, Long 118 20’46.27” W

If there are any questions regarding this matter, please contact Brookfield Renewable at 518-615-9357

Cranston Fire near Idyllwild

July 26th, 2018

If you are hiking near Idyllwild, beware that the town and surrounding communities are under evacuation because of a wildfire. Not sure whether officials have closed the PCT, but this forested area has the potential to burn. Please use caution and respect all trail closures, and please help emergency responders by staying away. We’ll update when we know more.

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6032/

Native Carpenter Bee Hive

Sections:
By: Linda Clark-O'Brien
May 23rd, 2018

About Half Mile 202. Large native Carpenter Bee hive on descent down from Fuller Ridge Trailhead closer Snow Creek faucet. Might not be good for any equestrian units. Bee hive has been there for many years. It’s on a section of trail on the side of the mountain with no where to go.

Cajon Pass to Swrthout Canyon

Sections:
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.

Wild Pit Bulls

Sections:
By: Don Line
January 24th, 2018

3 Pit bulls again have attacked cows in the area near the Whitewater Preserve (between mile 216 and 221). This time they killed a calf very near the preserve. Use extreme caution while day or section hiking north of Interstate 10. Report any sightings to the rangers at the Preserve.