Southern California

Road to Whitewater Preserve has been washed out

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By: Al H.
March 13th, 2019

Due to heavy rains in the Southern California area, the road to Whitewater Preserve has been washed out and the facility itself is closed until further notice. Also, the bridge across the Whitewater River from the PCT to the Preserve has been washed out as well and I have to assume the trail crossing further up is washed out as well. Great caution should be used in crossing in this area as two people (non-PCT hikers)lost there lives in this river last September.

Winter storms and road closures in the San Jacinto area

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By: Don and Jack
March 4th, 2019

Due to heavy snow, the trail over Fuller Ridge will be tough for some early hikers. An alternate route in years past was to bypass the ridge and hike up Black Mountain Road. Beware that HWY 243 was washed out and may not be open till July. Check with Caltrans to see if it is open for hikers. Another option to get to I-10 is to go back to the Paradise Cafe and go all the way around on hwy 74 thru Palm Springs, a car ride of close to 2 hours

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

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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

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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

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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.