Trail Maintenance Issue

Road damage affects trail access in the Piute Mountains and Kiavah Wilderness

By: Scott Matheson
October 25th, 2023

Access from the Jawbone Canyon OHV area (where Jawbone Canyon Road meets Highway 14) into the backcountry has been closed by washouts. This affects access to PCT trailheads via the east from Jawbone Canyon Road as far north as Kelso Valley Road. Access to the area from the west, via the paved segment of Kelso Valley Road, is unaffected.

Also, Bird Spring Canyon Road, sc120, is now so badly rutted out on the west side that approaching the trail from that side is not recommended (even with high clearance vehicles) except to experienced off-road drivers. Access to the PCT via Bird Spring Canyon Road from the east, from Highway 14, is unaffected.


By: Don Line
October 12th, 2023

Snow Creek Road to north of Interstate 10. While this section of trail is passable, it contains numerous washouts. Some to step over and many to walk around. Numerous posts have been washed away.

Reds Meadow Road closures

By: Emi Gunther
September 7th, 2023

Starting Sept. 18th, Reds Meadow Road will be closed to all traffic, M-F, 24hrs a day for the Reconstruction Project–considered unsafe due to contractor blasting rock during the week. Open to the public Sat/Sun.

These trailheads will be affected:
High Trail, River & Shadow Creek (Agnew Meadows)
Minaret Lake
North JMT & South of Devils Postpile
Beck Lake
Fern Lake
Fish Creek

Consider rerouting through Red Cones/Mammoth Pass Trail or delaying until the weekend.

More information here: Inyo National Forest – Alerts & Notices (

PCT South of Buck Peak

By: Leif Hovin
August 16th, 2023

The trail is still blocked to Equestrian and Stock, in the section 3/10 of a mile South of Buck Peak. Saw crews from both the Mt Hood Chapter and the Mt Hood National Forest have made progress in clearing the blowdowns from the September 2020 winds. There are about 6 logs blocking the trail, but hikers can still climb over or crawl under