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Powerhouse Fire Unofficial Detour (Mile 478)

Powerhouse Fire Unofficial Detour

Powerhouse Fire Unofficial Detour

Today we are publishing an unofficial alternate route around the Powerhouse Fire near Lake Hughes, CA. Maps can be downloaded here.

The 2013 Powerhouse Fire extensively damaged the Pacific Crest Trail and it remains closed for the 2015 hiking season from San Francisquito Canyon Road (mile 478.2) to approximately PCT mile 492.

This 12.9 mile detour bypasses 15.2 miles of the PCT. This detour departs the PCT on San Francisquito Canyon Road, then follows Elizabeth Lake Rd, and rejoins the PCT via Shake Canyon.

Related Links:
Pacific Crest Trail Association Powerhouse Fire Closure Page

Angles National Forest Closures Page

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