Equestrian Issue

Section J Stevens to Park Lakes

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By: inchworm
July 19th, 2016

The summer is coming very late this year and both natural conditions and trail maintenance are not yet to where they would be for a July hike. Several pieces of the trail have significant amounts of large downed trees, notably south of Deep Lake to Waptus Trail 1310, and from Lemah Creek south to Spectacle Lake. While most are passable by hikers (only once did I have to remove my pack), it will slow travel time significantly. Between Waptus and Escondido Ridge, the brush was thick enough to slow you down also. This stretch is impassable by stock.

Water levels are high for this time of year. The “potentially treacherous” ford just south of Deception Pass is still quite high and I have no idea how one hiker we met barely got his feet wet (he said he went far downstream). Everyone else got a thigh-high soak in cold, swift water. Many streams and creeks required knee high wet crossings where normally you could boulder hop or wade ankle deep.

Snow is still sitting in patches and in some cases in 1/8 mile traverses in the bowls at high elevation (Chickamin Ridge especially). You can see the trail, so you won’t get lost though, and it is crossable and good condition midday if you are comfortable with snow.

Bugs were really not bad with recent rain and cold. Deception Lake was awful, plan not to stop there yet. Temperatures were in the 50s by day and 40s at night.

All in all, this section’s challenges are as though it is late June, rather than July.

Heavy blow down and deadfall

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By: Twenty Winks
June 13th, 2016

About the first 10 miles between Klum Landing, mile 1747.9 and Dead Indian Memorial road, mile 1759.1 there are too many down trees to count and very slow going. Many bib trees have so many branches it’s hard to climb over them.
This section would be impossible for horses. Also heavy deadfall between mile 1764 and Fish Lake at Highway 140, mile 1770.9.

Bucks Lake to Middle Fork Feather River bridge

By: David Greenleaf
May 27th, 2016

Did an overnight trip to the PCT bridge on the Middle Feather River, 5/11 – 5/12.

Trail Condition: Starting at Big Creek Rd the first few miles to Lookout Rock have moderate amounts of snow and a number of trees on the trail (8+), none are too bad to get over or around. Trail is well marked and easy to follow despite the snow. Large amounts of branches and debris on the trail.

From Lookout Rock down into the Middle Feather River Canyon the snow disappears. However the amount of trees on the trail and debris increases. The hiking is rough going due to the amount of stuff on the trail. Past the Bear Creek Bridge (in good condition, no issues) the trail goes along a super steep hillside and is covered in leaves, which can be very slippery, in sections the trail has eroded away and the leaves have accumulated enough to completely cover it, making it a bit sketchy to cross sections. Would be super scary with a horse due to the steepness of the slope the trail is on. In the last mile or so before the river, the trail is getting very overgrown.

The PCT bridge of the Middle Feather is in good condition, didn’t notice any problems with it. Camped at the nice sites just past the bridge on the North side of the river.

Insect Note: Below 6,000 – 5,500ft this section is absolutely infested with ticks. Due to the amount of debris on the trail and overgrown sections, the ticks were able to easily attach to me and my dog. Was stopping every 15 minutes or so to remove ticks, easily 50+ ticks taken off both of us while hiking and another 20 or so that I missed and removed at home.

End of California Section E and Beginning of Section F

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By: Donna Saufley
February 17th, 2016

Hiked northbound from Cameron/Willow Springs Road to Robin Bird Spring.

At approximate Mile 562, significant erosion damage (2′ deep trench) on short stretch of trail. Easily side-stepped, but will continue to worsen.

At approximate Mile 565, steep hillside in state of extreme deterioration. Trail tread was sound and passable, but hillside above and below trail is unstable and is washing away.

From Mile 566.5 to 566.7 (the stretch of trail parallel and alongside Hwy 58) the trail has been obliterated due to heavy flooding. It was easy enough to follow however. Trail conditions okay above gate and beyond.

The most serious conditions and the primary reason for this report were blowdowns below Cache Peak, where trail leaves road MK10 and becomes single-track again, and Robin Bird Spring. I lost count of the blowdowns, in excess of 50 downed trees. Soft, moist soil and heavy winds took down live and dead trees in and out of burn area

Trail Conditions at Reynolds Peak

By: Peter Samuel
February 5th, 2016

The section of the trail that passes under Reynolds Peak between Ebbetts and Carson passes, is scary and dangerous. I truly feared for my life when passing here. I will never travel on this section of the trail again. I will steer others away from this dangerous crossing.
This section of the trail should be re-routed to allow for safe, non life threatening travel through this area.

Severe erosion between Tylerhorse Canyon and Willow Springs Road

By: Mark M.
December 15th, 2015

These pictures where taken in Section E from mile 542 to 545. I have not seen the other areas. But, the pictures don’t do it justice. The area was hit hard. My concern is someone trying to hike through will get hurt/stuck. I positively could not hike through as-is.

I saw about 5 impassable spots in just about 2 miles.

The PCT is washed out in many places from Tylerhorse Canyon to over by Willow springs Road. The first picture below is about a 40 to 50 foot drop off, the angle of the picture does not properly represent the danger.

Other areas of southern California have been hit by similar erosion. The picture of recent damage is not clear at this time. Take a look at the Southern California tag on the trail conditions page for more information.

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