Extreme Hazard

Rock Fall Near Owens Peak

By: Ben Barry
July 8th, 2019

Earthquakes in July have caused significant rockfall, primarily between miles 659-661, but also in other nearby areas. Route finding may be challenging with numerous scree fields and large boulders obscuring the trail. Be prepared to scramble through these sections and be aware that more earthquakes are expected in this area.

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)

Forest Improvement Operation at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

By: Daniel Bell
October 19th, 2018

There will be tree falling and removal taking place in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, some of which will occur along the PCT as it goes through the park. Operations will continue from 10/18/2018 for at least two weeks, potentially longer due to operational constraints and the difficulty in safely and responsibly removing trees without damaging others. Hazards will be falling trees and tree parts, heavy equipment in the area, and other hazards that are associated with tree removal. There are signs warning of the operation on the trail, but as equipment moves to the trail, there will be a detour around the area.

Damaged bridge affects PCT/JMT and Rae Lakes Loop in significant way

By: Jack Haskel
April 13th, 2018

This is not on the PCT, but it is on a significant side trail.

The South Fork Kings River Bridge above Paradise Valley washed out during the winter of 2016-2017. Construction of a replacement bridge will not begin before 2019. Depending on conditions, crossing the South Fork of the Kings River can be extremely hazardous. Observe conditions carefully and then evaluate the risk of crossing. Be prepared to turn back. If you hike the Rae Lakes Loop beginning from Bubbs Creek, plan for the possibility that you may have to backtrack to safely reach Cedar Grove.

 

Wild Pit Bulls

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By: Don Line
January 24th, 2018

3 Pit bulls again have attacked cows in the area near the Whitewater Preserve (between mile 216 and 221). This time they killed a calf very near the preserve. Use extreme caution while day or section hiking north of Interstate 10. Report any sightings to the rangers at the Preserve.

Whitewater Preserve

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By: Don Line
November 27th, 2017

The trail south of the Whitewater Preserve was temporary closed Saturday and Sunday (November 11 & 12) near mile 217.50 due to 3 pit bulls attacking a cow ! True !! Use caution in this area for the dogs and cows. Please report anything seen to the Rangers at Whitewater or the PCTA.