Trail Maintenance Issue

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 G Rockhouse Basin to Beck Mdws

By: HyltonHiker
May 1st, 2013

The trail tread is in good shape in this area the problems here is: two big rocks that rolled onto the trail between Rockhouse Basin and Kennedy Mdws hikers and horses can still get around them pretty easy aslo I counted 12 downed snags across the trail all within the 2008 Clover Fire. No snow present anywhere and the creeks are running to a trickle. No running water at Kennedy Mdws CG. Did this hike on 4/27/13

Trail Conditions from Canebrake Rd to Spanish Needles Canyon

By: HyltonHiker
April 16th, 2013

The trail in this section of the Owens Pk Wilderness I found that there is mainly tread work north of Spanish Needle Ck some sections are real bad it was like sidehilling also there are some spots where rock walls need rebuilding and few scrub oaks growing across the trail that just need clipped with clippers, and only came across two downed trees. Spanish Needels Creek is flowing to almost a trickle. There is no snow present on this section of trail or any where in section G. I did this hike on 4/13/13

Bouquet Canyon to Mill Creek Summit PCT 4/3-6/13

By: White Hatter (Tom Weaver)
April 8th, 2013

I just got back from a 4-day PCT backpack trip southbound from Bouquet Canyon to Mill Creek Summit. I sent a separate report on water conditions, but wanted to report here on the Poddle Dog Bush situation in Northern Section D.

Hiking south the Poddle Dog Bush starts a mile south of Maddox Canyon at about mile 439. There is also some poison oak, but both are easily avoidable until just south of the North Fork Ranger Station at mile 436.3. Beyond that, it becomes increasing difficult to avoid. I thought I just barely had, but I later noticed a couple of small patches of rash, so maybe not. It looks like the Poddle Dog Bush is growing fast, so I suspect that this section will soon become “impassable.”

I decided to take the next fire road I came to at mile 433.5 and followed it roughly parallel to the PCT all the way to Mill Creek Summit at mile 418.7. I would have taken fire roads all the way from North Fork Ranger Station if I had known how bad the Poddle Dog Bush was going to be. As it was, it densely lined the fire roads and even arched 3-4′ into them in places!

Other than that, the trail was in good shape, the wild flowers blooming, and the temperatures still fairly mild.

Trail Conditions north of Walker Pass to Spanish Needles Cyn

By: Steve Hylton aka "HyltonHiker"
April 1st, 2013

The trail is in fairly good condition other than just some minor tread work mainly a 1/4 mile north of the Jenkins plaque, also I saw three spots where the trail could use some rockwall rebuilding and a few scrub oaks that could be cut back using clippers. There is no snow present anywhere on the trail in fact it is pretty dry so the fire danger is in effect in this area. Joshua Tree Springs is still flowing water. I did this hike on 3/30/13