Southern California

Piute Mountains road conditions

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By: Jerry Stone
April 22nd, 2019

Kern County is grading both Piute Mtn Rd and Jawbone Cyn Rd in the Piute Mountains for a car rally May 4th. As of last Tues. April 16 Puite Mtn rd was graded to the top of Harris grade Summit

piute mountain road is pretty badly washed out

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By: Devilfish
April 4th, 2019

Piute mountain road is pretty badly washed out between kelso valley road and its trail crossing at mile 611, starting about three miles east of that trail crossing. The locals are getting in and out but it seems like you’d need high clearance to get through where ordinarily regular vehicle traffic can drive that road routinely.

Serious snow travel safety concerns in mountains of Southern California

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By: Jack
April 3rd, 2019

High elevations of Southern California continue to hold snow. In places, it’s steep and dangerous. Multiple rescues and falls have already occurred. Don’t underestimate the risk, travel with snow safety skills and equipment and consider turning around.

Some notable problem areas include, but are not limited to:

  • San Jacinto Mountains (especially Apache Peak and Fuller Ridge)
  • San Bernadino Mountains (between Mission Creek and Big Bear)
  • San Gabriels Mountains (especially Mount Baden Powell and the trail north of there)

Major damage at Whitewater and Mission Creeks

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By: Paul Alexander & Olivia Nolan from Ireland
April 3rd, 2019

We are hiking the PCT and are at mile 250 having come through Whitewater and Mission Creek. The trail through Mission creek is missing in huge parts and non-existent in most miles. There are huge boulders to cross on the wide flood damaged river beds and many large pines down crossing the paths heading up out of Mission Creek to the Big Bear mountains. It’s VERY challenging…. Please update to alert other hikers who may be heading into the area . Big Bear is snow covered and without ice axe and spikes ( minimum ) is again very treacherous!

3-21-19, Section E, South Bound, Mile 558 to Mile 535, Tehachapi Mountains

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By: Road Dawg
March 26th, 2019

3-21-19, Section E, South Bound, Mile 558 to Mile 535, Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road to Cottonwood Canyon bridge.

-This was a fantastic hike, the trail conditions were perfect: cold, partly sunny, maybe a little windy. The trail is in good to excellent condition overall, a few blowdowns, trail damaged by motorcycles in a few places, one washout at tiger tank and shower, but easily negotiated. Great views of the Mojave Desert, Antelope Valley, snow on the peaks still in the Tehachapi mountains, some but not a lot of wildflowers right now, some painted lady butterflies too.

Water:

Mile 558.22 Oak Creek:
-Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road water cache in parking area is empty
-At the Oak creek crossing there is a picnic table with about 25 one gallon jugs full of water
-Oak Creek is dry

Mile 556 Tiger Tank and Shower:
-Faucet is shut off, there is about an inch of water in the tank from rain if you are in a desperate emergency for water

Mile 549 Bar and Grill:
-There were only 2 one gallon jugs of water that were each only half full
-there are also a couple small flat spots for camping

Mile 545.1 Gambling Canyon Spring (off trail)
-I did not visit this

Mile 541.6 Tyler Horse Canyon
-At the trail crossing, at least 4 gallons per minute with a really good flow, water does not taste that great

Mile 535 Cottonwood Canyon Bridge
-I did not visit this cache

Whitewater Preserve facilities closed to PCT hikers in 2019

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By: Tori Stanton and Al H.
March 13th, 2019

Due to severe damage from heavy rains, the Whitewater Preserve visitor center area will not be able to accommodate day use or overnight PCT hikers in 2019. There are no phones available (landline or otherwise), no restrooms, no wifi, and no road access to be picked up or dropped off.

The bridge across the Whitewater River from the PCT to the Preserve has been washed out. Great caution should be used in crossing in this area as two people (non-PCT hikers) lost there lives in this river last September.