Trail Maintenance Issue

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.

Large trees down south of Hwy 36

By: Larry Leigh
July 8th, 2019

There are currently a couple large trees (4’ diameter + ) across the trail approximately 6-8 miles south of Hwy 36, and several smaller trees as well. The large trees are significant impediments. Also, numerous small and mid-size trees across the trail between Sierra City and Jackson Meadows Res. In the area south of Belden there are trees down, and higher up, toward Three Lakes, brush has encroached on the trail and needs cutting back. I didn’t anticipate reporting these maintenance issues so I’m sorry for not having exact mile notes.

Blowdown in Grider Creek area

By: Stephanie
June 19th, 2019

For those behind me, I hope this might benefit them. There must have been a storm or a landslide in the tick-infested area just south of the road walk in Seiad Valley. There are more fallen logs than I have seen in 1,000 miles of trail, as well as huge overgrowth of bushes, where one cannot see the trail. The main bulk of the obstacles is between Grider Creek Campground and 4 miles south of the last Grider Creek bridge going up the mountain. I send this message in hopes that volunteer crews can help out before even more hikers struggle through.

Major damage at Whitewater and Mission Creeks

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By: Paul Alexander & Olivia Nolan from Ireland
April 3rd, 2019

We are hiking the PCT and are at mile 250 having come through Whitewater and Mission Creek. The trail through Mission creek is missing in huge parts and non-existent in most miles. There are huge boulders to cross on the wide flood damaged river beds and many large pines down crossing the paths heading up out of Mission Creek to the Big Bear mountains. It’s VERY challenging…. Please update to alert other hikers who may be heading into the area . Big Bear is snow covered and without ice axe and spikes ( minimum ) is again very treacherous!

Glacier Peak Wilderness Largely Inaccessable to Stock

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By: Michael Hanley
March 4th, 2019

The Pacific Crest Trail in the Glacier Peak Wilderness is largely inaccessible to equestrian use due to significant numbers of large fallen logs.

The PCT between the junction of the North Fork Sauk Trail (approximately Halfmile 2502) and the Suiattle River Trail (approximately Halfmile 2540) is blocked by numerous down trees, washouts, and narrow sections of tread. Long distance riders are advised to trailer around these obstacles.

Logs some as large as 6 feet in diameter make the trail impassable to equine north of Sitkum Creek and on the climb up towards Vista Ridge (~2534). There are no convenient ways to get around these obstacles. The PCTA is working to reopen this area to equestrian users but it will not be accessible to stock in 2019.

Temporary trail traffic hold near I-10 when transmission line work occurs – West of Devers Upgrade Project

November 6th, 2018

Construction connected to Southern California Edison’s West of Devers Upgrade Project (a renewable energy project) will result in temporary holds on PCT hikers and riders around mile 210.

For the most part, construction will not impact trail users. During wire stringing between electrical towers, construction crews may ask hikers to wait for a safe time to cross under the wires.