Extreme Hazard

Small Landslide PCT – Mile 69.10

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By: James Amato
January 25th, 2016

Just got done hiking the first 150 miles of the PCT from Campo to Hwy 74. At mile 69.10, I came across a small landslide that blocked the trail. It was roughly several meters wide in a very steep part of a canyon. The trail was blocked by 2 huge boulders and tons of loose sediment. What lied above the trail (where the slide came from) looked extremely unstable. When approaching the slide the trail was literally cracked and slumping. As a backpacker, it was a bit sketchy to get over, but doable.. no way a horse could pass and is in an area that would be extremely difficult to turn around. It’s ALOT steeper then how it appears in the photos attached. It was located just north of the concrete Water tank at mile 68.4.

Sincerely, James Amato aka Business Time

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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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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.

Mt bikes on the PCT

By: John
March 12th, 2015

Saw fresh mt bike tracks while trail running on the PCT from Burnt Rancheria Campground, mile 41.4 to Lower Morris Meadow trail junction, mile 38.5. The tracks continued southbound from 38.5. Hikers should use extreme caution when hiking up to Mt Laguna, as we’re seeing downhill mt bike tracks frequently on the PCT in the section between mile 30 (Kitchen Creek Road) and mile 41.4 (Burnt Rancheria Campground.

Between MP 190.5 to MP 205.7

By: Linda Clark-O'Brien
January 21st, 2015

MP 196.0 Maintenance: cutting back on overgrown chaparral

MP 196.5 – MP 197.25 Hazard: Trail sliding down sideways on very steep slope with very little vegetative cover. Needs more than re-benching.

MP 200.75 Equestrian issue: 10-15 feet of trail literally gone where trail crossed over a steep watercourse rock chute – only a goat can cross it

Fire at Mile 1806 on August 12, 1pm

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By: Jerry Harvwy
August 13th, 2014

There is a small fire at mile 1806 at 1pm August 12 started by lightning. No wind and some moisture present now. Forest service is aware and is dealing with numerous lightning strikes in the area.

Reported by phone by Todd Harvey (UberDude) hiking the trail in that area.