Snow Conditions

Reading Fire Burn Area through Lassen Now Open; Clear of Trees and Snow

By: White Hatter (Tom Weaver)
June 17th, 2013

I hiked northbound from Highway 36 to Old Station June 10-12. This section is now completely free of snow, and the PCT through the Reading Fire area has reopened after being cleared of the many burned trees that had fallen across the trail. (I verified this with a Ranger despite seeing a sign to the contrary.) Further south there were dozens of trees down across the trail, but all could be quickly gotten around by hikers. All water sources noted on Halfmile’s maps are running well, plus others like the Badger Flats outlet stream. Kings Creek is a wet ford with water about 18″ deep, but negotiable with poles or a stick.

Snow Pack Around Deadfall Lakes

By: Jazz Kenny
June 5th, 2013

Snow pack around mile 1539 of the PCT before the Deadfall Lakes, would suggest crampons – the area of the trail affected is on a steep ridge, with the snowpack blocking large sections of the trail.

Watch weather conditions, numerous downed trees and poor trail maintenance past White Ridge (Spring running strong) combined with fresh snowfall could completely obliterate trail visibility.

Spring directly prior to Lake Helen detour not running.

Belden equestrian TH to Poision Springs

By: Larry Kling
May 16th, 2013

Just finished three days logging out this section. We sure had a time of it with the fire damage especially between the Lassen boundary, and Mrytle flat. With two burns the lower section mile 1290.0 to 1294. looks like a war zone. Lower chips crossing is in bad shape with a steep entry washout and holes up to our stirrups. Lots of brush along chips creek and about a mile more of tick infested brush. Fair amount of snow below poison springs. After 99 trees over 5inchs and tons of brushing the trail is open for all including horses to about 300 yards below poison springs. I am very thankful for my partner Jerry Smith who worked above and beyond the call of duty on this one.

Section C, Hwy 18 by Baldwin “Lake” to Hwy 173 at Silverwood Lake dam

April 2nd, 2013

MARCH 24 – MARCH 28, 2013 There are small patches of snow, but the trail is easy to follow and get through with just hiking shoes. There are a few trees down. Even this early in the year the heat is intense past Big Bear Lake and on Deep Creek Detour, as there is little shade. There is water each place listed in stats, though at times slow and flavored by algea.

San Jacinto Snow

By: Patches Pal
March 25th, 2013

I hiked from the Palm Springs Tram out to the PCT trail junction at mile 181, elevation 9,050 yesterday. This is the highest point in the first 200 miles. 2 to 3 feet of snow. some post-holing. Unless another storm comes through it should melt down to just some patches in the shade by April 15th.