Today we are publishing an unofficial alternate route around the Mountain Fire near Idyllwild. Maps can be downloaded here.
The 2013 Mountain Fire extensively damaged Pacific Crest Trail and it remains closed for the 2015 hiking season from the Cedar Springs Trail (mile 162.6) north to Tahquitz Creek (mile 177.2).
Unpaved May Valley Road has opened for the 2015 PCT hiking season and this makes alternate routes around the Mountain Fire closure considerably easier for hikers.
This alternate route is similar to suggestions from the Pacific Crest Trail Association, but is slightly shorter, uses fewer paved roads, and mostly avoids Highway 74. The alternate map also includes directions to and from Idyllwild, where many hikers will be stopping to resupply.
PCTA Mountain Fire Closure Page
San Bernardino National Forest Mountain Fire closure order
Wikipedia Mountain Fire Page
Hikin’ Jim’s trip report about the last eight miles of this alternate