Equestrian Issue

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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Silverwood to Interstate 15.

By: Jim and Cyndi Johnson
May 27th, 2015

Based on a tree report for this section my wife and I took our horses to a point about 5 miles from the Silverwood trail head. We removed several trees that were across the trail but this is a steep section and there are many dead oaks on the slope. It is advisable for equestrians to carry a saw with them if possible due to these trees that will eventually slip across the trail. Also, the tread is somewhat fragile in this area so equestrians should stay to the up hill side and avoid riding near the edge.

Wooden bridge

By: Marylyn Shubin
May 27th, 2015

Location: Van Dusen Rd/ PCT East Bound
My horse and I broke one wooden slat on the on ground bridge May 24, 2015. Coming back we avoided crossing via another route. I live in the area and would be happy to repair it. It needs to be repaired quickly as it is heavily travelled. I am going to notify our local Big Bear Forestry on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. An entire replacement bridge would be advised as it is rotted. We all had a great ride.

Large fallen trees 1740-1757

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By: Dale
April 22nd, 2015

Early to Mid March(when I traveled)

Lots of large fallen trees over trail starting around 1740(Hobart Bluff) and gets significantly more frequent and difficult to cross near 1749(Hyatt Prairie Rd)thru to 1757(Howard Prairie Lake).

Fallen tree obstacles likely could have continued father along trail but that is where I stopped.

Hiking- Fairly easy to climb over most, unless multiple trees on top each other or navigate off the path to go around id too difficult.

Equestrian- Could become difficult. Most trees are likely too big to jump, but can be circumnavigated. A few trees fell over the trail that was traveling on the side of steep slopes which would dangerous to cross near there.

Trail Conditions California Section D March 4 – 15, 2015

By: Seaglass
March 31st, 2015

My husband and I just hiked California Section D.

The trail was snow covered and impassable a mile south of Guffy CG to Blue Ridge. We used the jeep road that parallels the trail and had to use the Blue Ridge Trail down off the mountain.

The northern descent off of Mt Baden Powell is snow covered and impassable. Use the bypass route.

We experienced an issue with a road crew who were clearing Highway 2 just above the start of the Baden Powell bypass (Manzanita Trail). They were clearing rock slides off the highway, but they were dumping the rocks over the side and down onto the trail. We gave them warning that we would be hiking the trail just below where they were working. They continued to dump rocks over the side and we were nearly hit by rolling rocks and debris. My husband climbed the hill up to the road and talked with the crew foreman. He said he knew we were down there, but he didn’t seem to know that the trail is only about 50-100 feet below the highway. The problem now is that there are boulders that need to be removed from the trail and more importantly there may be boulders caught up in the trees and brush above the trail that can still come down on people. Use extreme caution when approaching the first/last 1/2 mile of this bypass.

The Endangered Species Bypass is rough, poorly designed, many wash-outs and trees down. I would not take a horse on this trail.

There are lots of trees down in the Station Fire area. The section from Mt Gleason North is in need of tree and brush removal. The drop from Mt Gleason down to Messenger Flats is very poorly maintained. North of Messenger Flats we were literally bush-whacking our way through the trail. Sometimes the terrain was steep and the trail narrow. We were in danger of stepping off the trail and through the bushes covering it. The descent into the Acton KOA was plagued with washouts. Again, I would not take a horse into this area.

Trail clear of snow from Bridge of the Gods to Crest Horse Camp mile2206

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By: John Verburg
March 10th, 2015

I just walked (February 12) from the Bridge of the Gods to Crest Horse Camp (mile 2206) and the entire trail is clear of snow. There were a couple of minor patches (less than 1 foot deep and less than 20 feet long) just north of Big Huckleberry Mt., but with the warm weather even those should be gone by next week.

There are about 3-4 downed trees across the trail per mile but can be easily stepped over or around for walkers. Horses will have difficulty without about half a dozen. So if on a horse bring the appropriate gear to remove the obstacles.

A nice early hike.