Pacific Crest Trail corrections and last minute updates
Updated: 2/1/18 4:10pm
Check this page and the official PCTA Trail Conditions Page frequently for updates and corrections. Many of the current fire closures will likely be lifted after trail crews have a chance to repair damage from last year’s fires.
Mile 41.5: Mount Laguna Sports: It appears the Mount Laguna Sports Outfitter has closed it’s doors and no longer open for business. The Mount Laguna Lodge, Post Office, and restaurants remain as usual. Email me if you have more info about this.
Mile 168.6 – 177.3: Mountain Fire: The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Spitler Trail [mile 168.6] north to Tahquitz Valley Trail (mile 177.3) due to the 2013 Mountain Fire. This is 2.1 miles less than last year and now allows easier access to Idyllwild on back roads that avoid highway road walking. See the Spitler to Idyllwild Alternate on Halfmile California Section B maps for an alternate route from the Spitler Trail into Idyllwild.
Mile 210.8: Trail Angels Ziggy and the Bear remain closed.
Mile 390.2 – 394: Endangered Species Closure: The long term closure to protect the endangered Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog remains in effect. This area has been closed for many years. The detour starting at Islip Saddle to S Fork Campground and the Punchbowl Trail is no longer recommended due to severe erosion. Hikers can bypass the Endangered Species Closure by continuing on the PCT to Eagles Roost [mile 390.2], then road walk 2.7 miles along Hwy 2 to Buckhorn Campground, then follow the campground road and Burkhart Trail 2.2 miles to rejoin the PCT. Halfmile’s California Section D map shows this alternate.
Mile 2100 – 2146.7: Several trail closures south of Cascade Locks will likely remain in effect for 2018 due to the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires.
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