Equestrian Issue

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.

Collapsing tread in Goat Rocks along Knife’s Edge (impassable for equestrians)

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July 17th, 2018

The Pacific Crest Trail at the top of the Goat Rocks Wilderness may be dangerous and is impassable for stock travel. The problems are not new. The trail across the Packwood Glacier, the Knife’s Edge and past Rooster’s Comb can be steep and narrow and it passes by steep cliffs. Tragically, stock have fallen off the edge in the past.

Historically, it’s been a very hard portion of trail to keep passable for stock. Substantial work was done in 2013 to improve the Packwood Glacier portion but dangers remain, especially near Rooster’s Comb. Many horseback riders and stock trains report that they won’t even attempt this portion and instead trailer around it.

PCT out of Little Lasier horse camp going South

By: horsegal
June 19th, 2018

Going South on the PCT toward the summit after logging road approx 1/2 mile on thin trail with a drop on the left BIG tree apporx 3-4 ft around blocking trail. Gold Country Trails Council MAY get to it soon but beware as the trail is blocked to horses. Precarious and dangerous to try to go over as it is on a bend on a hill and a steep drop on one side.

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.

many trees down

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By: Gary Pegg
September 11th, 2017

I was forced to turn around on my thru ride just north of Sitkum Creek and the north Whitechuck trail junction by several massive windfalls. Other windfalls block any possible go arounds both up and down hill from the trees across the trail. These are large trees, 36 to 60 inch in diameter on a steep hillside that on foot I repeatedly slipped and fell while trying to locate a way to get the horse around. I do not believe it is possible to get a horse through this area.