Southern California

Novel problem bear activity in Silverwood Lake State Park

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By: Scott Matheson
April 27th, 2024

Silverwood Lake State Park authorities are notifying visitors of heightened bear activity in areas of the park where such sightings are unusual, such as the New Mesa and Old Mesa campgrounds (including the hiker/biker campground used by long-distance hikers).

https://ktla.com/news/local-news/increased-bear-sightings-prompt-alert-at-san-bernardino-campground/

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24829

Problem bear activity here has included stolen backpacks and broken tents. Campers are requested to store food inside cars or other metal containers overnight. A temporary metal container has been installed at the hiker/biker site for users to store their food in, with permanent storage ordered to arrive in 2-3 weeks.

Blowdowns in the Piute and Scodie Mountains

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By: Stefan Gogosha
April 4th, 2024

There are many blowdowns between miles 594 and 644 (in the Piute and Scodie Mountains), several new this year. The blowdowns are passable on foot, but several are not passable on horseback (on steep hillsides). There is one spot before mile 642.7 in the Scodie Mountains with 20 or more trees down (many from previous years) such that it looks someone is playing pick-up sticks with trees.

Tough conditions between Montezuma Valley Rd and Hwy 74

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By: Shawnté
February 20th, 2024

I hiked between Montezuma Valley Rd & Hwy 74 this weekend and wanted to share about an issue just north of Combs Peak. Starting around MM 129.3, just after the turnoff for the use trail most people use to access the peak, the trail is in pretty poor condition for the better part of a mile, with vegetation essentially knitted together across what’s left of disintegrating tread in places (worst spots are on northern aspects & gullies). There are a few fallen logs in here, but they’re fairly easily negotiable. It’s the combo, however, of the extreme overgrowth plus lack of tread in spots, that’s my main concern…in a few places, I was essentially walking on top of snow-covered bushes that obscured what was once the trail, my foot occasionally punching through to air – really not my idea of fun or safe trail! It’ll probably be easier to assess once the remainder of the snow is melted, but the tread is pretty severely slipped in a few spots, and having to fight the bushes while trying to find solid foot placements is quite difficult.

As a whole, that next stretch up to Highway 74 seems like it hasn’t been maintained in quite a while – there’s quite a bit of overgrowth, including catclaw that was hard to avoid in spots, although it’s just mostly annoying, not sketchy like that segment near Combs. I think those spots north of Combs are a bit of a safety hazard for hikers, and probably aren’t the safest for equestrians.

Large Hole On Trail

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By: Anitra Kass
January 10th, 2024

At approximately mile 205.4 (about .4 trail south of the water fountain) a large hole has developed in the trail. This hole is about waist deep on me (I’m 5’4″) and dropped into a small rock cavern. It is very easy to spot and get around for hikers but would prove challenging for equestrians especially if coming down hill. Please be careful.

Two ravines impact the trail near mile 562.8 above Oak Creek Canyon

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By: Michelle
December 22nd, 2023

Two ravines have formed, destroying the PCT near mile 562.8 above Oak Creek Canyon. At last survey, most people were able to cross the ravine not too far from the PCT crossing. Please write in with updates should that no longer be the case.

Map of the area: https://arcg.is/Gi4jz

Please note this other ravine nearby: https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-condition/large-ravine-impacting-the-trail-near-mile-555-6-above-oak-creek-canyon/