Water Conditions

3-21-19, Section E, South Bound, Mile 558 to Mile 535, Tehachapi Mountains

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By: Road Dawg
March 26th, 2019

3-21-19, Section E, South Bound, Mile 558 to Mile 535, Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road to Cottonwood Canyon bridge.

-This was a fantastic hike, the trail conditions were perfect: cold, partly sunny, maybe a little windy. The trail is in good to excellent condition overall, a few blowdowns, trail damaged by motorcycles in a few places, one washout at tiger tank and shower, but easily negotiated. Great views of the Mojave Desert, Antelope Valley, snow on the peaks still in the Tehachapi mountains, some but not a lot of wildflowers right now, some painted lady butterflies too.

Water:

Mile 558.22 Oak Creek:
-Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road water cache in parking area is empty
-At the Oak creek crossing there is a picnic table with about 25 one gallon jugs full of water
-Oak Creek is dry

Mile 556 Tiger Tank and Shower:
-Faucet is shut off, there is about an inch of water in the tank from rain if you are in a desperate emergency for water

Mile 549 Bar and Grill:
-There were only 2 one gallon jugs of water that were each only half full
-there are also a couple small flat spots for camping

Mile 545.1 Gambling Canyon Spring (off trail)
-I did not visit this

Mile 541.6 Tyler Horse Canyon
-At the trail crossing, at least 4 gallons per minute with a really good flow, water does not taste that great

Mile 535 Cottonwood Canyon Bridge
-I did not visit this cache

Section D over Labor Day Weekend

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By: cb97123
September 20th, 2018

I hiked from Highway 58 (Willamette Pass) to Highway 138 (North Crater Trailhead) utilizing the OST alternate north of Windigo Pass. The trail is in excellent shape with only sporadic logs across the trail that are easy to step over or around, a couple may be issues for Equestrians between Windigo and Maidu. The OST alternate is well signed and easy to navigate, even though it looks challenging on the maps. Lakes are down across the region, but water is available at all lakes/ponds on the OST alternate and at Maidu Lake (which I think is a better/easier water source than Six Horse Spring).

Conness Creek Bridge

By: Lissie
May 1st, 2018

In Spring 2017, Yosemite Rangers discovered the bridge crossing Conness Creek near Glen Aulin HSC had been washed off its support beams. As of Spring 2018, the bridge has yet to have been rebuilt. This will impact access to hikers planning to spend a night at Glen Aulin. PCT hikers continuing North or South of this area without camping will not be impacted.

Work is anticipated to begin early summer.

Damaged bridge affects PCT/JMT and Rae Lakes Loop in significant way

By: Jack Haskel
April 13th, 2018

This is not on the PCT, but it is on a significant side trail.

The South Fork Kings River Bridge above Paradise Valley washed out during the winter of 2016-2017. Construction of a replacement bridge will not begin before 2019. Depending on conditions, crossing the South Fork of the Kings River can be extremely hazardous. Observe conditions carefully and then evaluate the risk of crossing. Be prepared to turn back. If you hike the Rae Lakes Loop beginning from Bubbs Creek, plan for the possibility that you may have to backtrack to safely reach Cedar Grove.

 

overgrown trail and tree down

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By: Julie Watkins-Jarvies
August 14th, 2017

Just came through Section K and while overgrowth in WA is expected, miles 2508-2510 is in desperate shape. It looks like fallen tree has diverted the creek down the PCT. With no natural outlet it’s become a swamp. Popping out on the Milk Creek “valley trail” is extremely overgrown with washed out portions on slipping banks. There is also a dangerous tree to get over along the way. Precarious at best! There are two FS crews in the area.

Damaged bridge affects Rae Lakes Loop – Woods Creek/PCT-JMT Junction

By: Webdweeb
May 26th, 2017

[EDIT: for more information see: https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-condition/damaged-bridges-effect-pctjmt-rae-lakes-loop-significant-way/]

I was advised by the SEKI visitor center that there are two damaged backcountry bridges in the Rae Lakes Loop area-the first crosses the South Fork of the King’s River in Upper Paradise Valley, and the second (most relevant to PCT and JMT hikers) crosses Woods Creek at the Woods Creek/JMT-PCT trail junction. The first closure is mentioned on the SEKI trail conditions web page, but the second is not yet posted-I assume they will update this status soon. There will apparently be efforts to helicopter in temporary bridges and/or repair materials for both crossings, but there was no timeline given for this work. The office stressed that both crossings were very hazardous to cross without the bridge and cautioned not to attempt a ford or a crossing on the remnants of the damaged bridges.

Highway 62 to Highway 140

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By: cb97123
August 24th, 2016

The trail within the National Park is in perfect condition, however there is a significant number of blown down logs across the trail in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Many logs to go around between the park boundary and Sevenmile Trail (1802) and again between Snow Lakes Trail and Mt. McLoughlin Trail. The only good water on trail is near Cliff Lake (1798) and Christi Spring (1782), Honeymoon Creek is stagnant and Jack Spring is putrid.