PCT Mile 181.8 (9070′): 4″ (was 8″ on 9th November), Long Valley (8600′): 2″ (was 5″ on 9th November), Saddle Junction/approx. At San Jacinto Peak (10,810ft/3295m) today, Monday 9th November 2020 at 1005 the air temperature was 19.0°F (-7°C), with a windchill temperature of 12.3°F (-11°C), 51% relative humidity, and a very light due North breeze sustained at 1.0 mph gusting to 5.3 mph. The partial closure of the Tram will result in very light hiker traffic to the highest peaks via the Peak Trail, and limited traffic on the Long and Round Valley trails. At the Peak last Monday, 9th November 2020, at 1005 the air temperature was 19.0°F (-7°C), with a windchill temperature of 12.3°F (-11°C), 51% relative humidity, and a very light due North breeze sustained at 1.0 mph gusting to 5.3 mph. Brochures and Maps Know before you go! 6.7 mile round trip took about 3 hours. PCT Miles 198-206) was extensively burned on both sides of the Trail by the Snow Fire (17th-19th September 2020). Nevertheless, cautious navigation is still advised. SNOW DEPTHS measured today, 9th November 2020, are as follows. All wilderness camping, including anywhere along the PCT, and camping at yellow post sites (such as those along Black Mountain Road and South Ridge Road) is currently prohibited. Waterproof boots are definitely a good idea. Reliable tracks are currently in place only for Devil’s Slide Trail. I have continued to average at least three ascents into the San Jacinto high country every week. Even when not required for ascending, spikes are often useful for descending icy sections of trails, depending upon your comfort level on ice and icy compacted snow. The most reliable water source on the Desert Divide. All developed campgrounds are now also closed (either seasonally, or due to the coronavirus crisis). Many experienced hikers have reported getting lost in this area since summer 2019. Most hikers will not need spikes on the handful of tiny icy snow patches that remain near Saddle Junction. Due to the coronavirus crisis Mount San Jacinto State Park is encouraging visitation to be confined to local residents only. weekends always being crowded. Snow on trails largely persists in traditional areas that are colder and/or less sun-exposed, such as the north face of Tahquitz Peak, in Little Round Valley, Deer Springs Trail between Marion Mountain and Fuller Ridge trails, either side of Annie’s Junction, around 10,000′ on the Peak Trail, between Round Valley and Wellman Divide, and around the summit of San Jacinto Peak. After a rain storm these two streams can be 1-2 feet deep, and can be difficult to cross. Buckhorn Summit 2646 ft. Trinity. These icy slopes are treacherous. …. The Pacific Crest Trail above Snow Creek (approx. Currently the USFS gate at Humber Park remains open. WEATHER Another storm system tomorrow (Sunday 8th) is forecast to produce another light snowfall at mid and upper elevations (possibly less snow than today). Due to exceptional fire risk, all dispersed camping remains prohibited forestwide, meaning wilderness camping (including along the PCT) and camping at yellow post sites (such as those along Black Mountain Road and South Ridge Road) are not permitted. Both are so heavily overgrown I advise hikers do not attempt to follow them. Great day for a hike! Black Mountain Road was graded in June through to the Fuller Ridge campground. [The major new treefall hazard just past the second switchback was cut on 20th November.]. In contrast, a fast-moving storm system forecast for Monday 28th December is expected to have a snow level around 5500′, with potential for several inches of snow in the high country. Although rarely required for ascending, spikes can be helpful for descending icy sections of trails, depending upon your comfort level on ice and icy compacted snow. i see this trail being a little harder during a hot summer day and if your not use to hiking take at least three bottles of water. Hikers should be prepared for temperatures at or below freezing in the high country, and well below freezing when considering wind chill effects (see below for weather recently recorded at San Jacinto Peak). Fuller Ridge Trail has cleared completely on sun-exposed slopes, but sections of icy snow remain in places. Above Little Round Valley the consolidated track through the snow does not accurately follow the trail route to San Jacinto Peak, but is adequate. Remarkably, 27 of the 30 days recorded average temperatures above the historic average for the month. Once those two trails are done, they will be moving shop to Whiffletree. All trails above about 7500′ remain largely snow-covered. I took my time. Beautiful day and great trail. – late this morning, which gives a feel for conditions around the high peaks. Arrived at 8:30AM. California Trail Corridors form a statewide trail system that links mountain, valley and coastal communities to recreational, cultural and natural resources throughout the state. Deer Springs Trail is clear of snow past Strawberry Junction to about 8600′, shortly before the Marion Mountain Trail junction (no spikes required). The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. the steeper 2.6 mile back to the parking lot is very rocky can be harder on the knees on the way down but if you want a little more of a challenge take the way to the top first, to me i found the trail to be more on the easy side going counter clockwise there is a nice open at the top where we spent an hour for lunch but you'll be looking through the trees at the view. The Trail on the north side of Red Tahquitz (Miles 175-177) remains 50% snow-covered, and spikes can be useful. No fee to park here. Air quality has not yet returned to normal, but in the past week has been the best in the San Jacinto mountains since mid August. By dusk last night, the fire was 1200 acres, burning in at least four separate spots. The Trail on the north side of Red Tahquitz (Miles 175-177) remains 90% snow-covered, and spikes are recommended. I have continued to average three ascents to the highest peaks of the San Jacinto mountains every week. At the Peak on Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 0840 the air temperature was 23.1°F (-5°C), with a windchill temperature of -0.6°F (-18°C), 21% relative humidity, and a howling due East wind sustained at 28 mph gusting to 48.1 mph. Day use permits are nevertheless required for the San Jacinto wilderness, and should be available at the self-serve kiosks outside either ranger station. Highway camera images are courtesy of California Department of Transportation. This fire is now impacting the lower north face of San Jacinto Peak up to about 5000ft in multiple canyons between the PCT to the west and approaching Blaisdell Canyon to the east. From San Jacinto Peak at about 0740, I was completely unable to see San Gorgonio or the Coachella Valley, Black Mountain only a few miles away was barely visible, and looking south (where the visibility was best) I could only just make out Apache Peak. No mud - all snow/ice - spikes were needed throughout. Check the National Weather Service Northern Adirondacks (leaves DEC website) and Southern Adirondacks (leaves DEC website) Mountain Point Forecasts for selected summits. See park web site for map with latest area closure.. Indeed this trail has been hiked very little since November 2018, initially due to snowfall, then the road closure from February 2019. At the Peak on Monday 31st August 2020, at 0745 the air temperature was 47.4°F (9°C), with a windchill of 39.7°F (5°C), 58% relative humidity, and a firm SW wind sustained at 10 mph gusting to 17.6 mph. You'll also pass through very distinct forest stands on the way to the top. There is no significant precipitation in the forecast. Extremely cautious navigation is recommended for those who are not very familiar with hiking this trail. The small creek in Tahquitz Valley dried up in early August. While all labor and time is volunteered, this Report completely depends on small private donations to cover its direct costs. These are the sources for Willow Creek, which is flowing well where it crosses the Willow Creek Trail. No ice today (11/21) except a very small amount at the overlook and on the trail to the spring. Devil’s Slide and lower Deer Springs trails). The U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild remains closed due to the coronavirus crisis. Walking stick helped to traverse the wet parts and the steep descent. At San Jacinto Peak (3295m/10,810ft) today, Thursday 15th October 2020, at 0850 the air temperature was 50.3°F (10°C), with a windchill of 43.7°F (7°C), 33% relative humidity, and a fresh NNE wind sustained at 8 mph gusting to 16.5 mph. Trams are operating at greatly reduced capacity, reduced times, and on limited days; see the Tramway website for details. This is a brief update on conditions following the first snow storm of winter 2020/21. Full details of the Tram reopening are available at the Tramway website. USFS has indicated that a permit quota will not be enforced for Devil’s Slide Trail for Labor Day weekend. Big Slide Yard Mountain Loop Trail is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Containment remains 5%. Prior to 0900, the focus of retardent drops was on the east flank of this ridge, slowing progress of the fire toward Palm Springs and the Tramway area. Please stay safe everyone. Currently spikes are strongly recommended. Above Wellman Divide the Peak Trail is consolidated and spikes are sufficient. Devil’s Slide Trail at Humber Park (6550′): 8″ early this morning, already melted to 2-4″. Both are so heavily overgrown I advise hikers do not attempt to follow them. Black Mountain Road is closed (at the gate about 1.7 miles up from Highway 243), possibly for the remainder of the year. [The next update to the Trail Report is scheduled for Thursday 1st October, when the Forest and Park closures will either be lifted or extended.]. The principal formal trail impacted was the PCT. Be advised that it is an indistinct use trail, becoming less obvious as it nears Laws (by which time Willow Creek is close by on your left hand side, so navigation is not a challenge). Slide Lake is a short but remote hike that samples a rugged slice of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. USFS day use permits are required for the San Jacinto wilderness, and should be available at the kiosk outside the ranger station. Annie’s Junction/approx. These are the sources for Willow Creek, which is flowing well where it crosses the Willow Creek Trail. Milder, brighter weather on 9th-13th will lead up to temperatures well above seasonal on 14th-16th, which will doubtless result in rapid and extensive snowmelt. Big Slide Mountain is the only ADK High Peak I hadn’t been on in the last two years, and it was a perfect peak to head for in snowy conditions. The community of Snow Creek and the DWA facilities appear to be undamaged. Live Oak Spring (N 33 37 21, W 116 33 24) Flowing well. While all labor and time is volunteered, this Report completely depends on small private donations to cover its direct costs. The latest video from NWS San Diego is very informative, including the latest projection for the winter (spoiler alert: bad news). San Jacinto Trail Report: available for everyone, funded by readers. PCT Mile 186.2). Hikes every day, including four ascents of San Jacinto Peak in the past five days by different routes, have allowed for a thorough check of water sources and trail conditions. Spitler Peak Trail Descending the trail there are five water crossings. These posts have been tagged with Big Slide Mountain NY, or … And the hiking trails that are all along the roadway are a great way to spend a couple of hours decompressing and working up a little sweat. Cedar Spring (N 33 40 36, W 116 34 35) Flowing well. Apache Spring (N 33 43 11, W 116 37 13) Flowing very weakly. These icy slopes are treacherous. I have continued to average at least three ascents to the highest peaks of the San Jacinto mountains every week. The U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild remains closed due to the coronavirus crisis. There are 25 treefall hazards on the trail, almost all in the upper State Park section of trail, based on multiple June 2020 surveys. Wind in the high country is very similar to yesterday, from WSW sustained above 10 mph gusting to 18 mph. It's our mission to promote an inclusive and accessible environment for all guests. 9:25 AM. Go around the next turn and you will see the trailhead parking area for Slide Mountain. WEATHER Temperatures at all elevations are forecast to be at or slightly above seasonal averages into late December. Very cautious navigation is recommended for those unfamiliar with this trail. Snow depths measured Monday are listed at the foot of this posting. all in all would i do this trail again. Most trails below 8000′ are already largely clear, and at higher elevations snow is very patchy, especially on sun-exposed slopes. In addition to the forest and trails, this closure includes all campgrounds, picnic sites, trailheads, and forest roads. The Deer Springs stream crossing at the PCT (approx. For links and details regarding hiking permits, camping restrictions, ranger station access, and the Tramway reopening, please see the previous Report. Snow cover is about 60% from there to the Fuller Ridge Trail junction. Spot fires remain smoldering in Snow Creek and Falls Creek drainages below about 4000ft, although almost all of the riparian vegetation survived unburned. The significance of this is that there are currently no tracks on Willow Creek Trail, to Chinquapin Flat or Tahquitz Peak, or around the meadows. If you have found this Report useful, please consider visiting the Donate page. Soon come to the unmarked Dickey Creek-Big Slide Lake Trail Junction. In reality both trails barely exist. While all labor and time is volunteered, this Report completely depends on small private donations to cover its direct costs. Conditions will be more severe on summits, with below freezing temperatures, snow, and strong winds possible. There is no significant precipitation in the forecast. South Ridge Trail is clear and spikes are no longer required all the way to Tahquitz Peak. All trails have been clear of snow since early June. WEATHER As mentioned above, relatively cool weather ends on Thursday 3rd September, after which record-breaking hot temperatures are forecast until about 9th September. There is currently no significant precipitation in the forecast. Snow is nearly continuous from there to the Fuller Ridge Trail junction. Gusty afternoon winds quickly dispersed embers widely onto the sides of the canyon, including just above Snow Creek community and on Blaisdell Ridge. Currently almost all major trails have not been traveled and are obscured by snowfall. No fees to park here. My track to and from Saddle Junction to San Jacinto Peak via Wellman Divide was disappearing within minutes due to strong winds. Other parts of the San Bernardino NF, as well as other national forests in Southern California, are included in the closure. (Here's how from REI) Big Slide Mountain Trail Conditions and Trip Reports are crowdsourced from many hiking websites across the Internet. The Pacific Crest Trail at the northern end of the Desert Divide (PCT Miles 172-177) had 43 treefall hazards and three minor landslide hazards (in addition to the major rockslide at Mile 172.5) during my survey on 27th November. Deer Springs Trail is clear of snow past Strawberry Junction to about 8600′, shortly before the Marion Mountain Trail junction (no spikes required). After about 1/4 mile the grade starts to increase in elevation. Status update for Tue, Dec 22. Fire risk remains severe. From 28 head west make left on state road 47 which is located in the town of Big Indian. Fresh flurries are falling while we're practicing snowcial distancing here at Sugarbush! The U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild remains closed due to the coronavirus crisis. All current trail and camping permits are being revoked. Most areas below 7500′ are clear or rapidly clearing of snow. With up to four air tankers in the air, including a DC-10 type, there were multiple retardant drops roughly perpendicular to the PCT at or above about 5000ft. At San Jacinto Peak (3295m/10,810ft) on Thursday 3rd September 2020, at 0745 the air temperature was 53.7°F (12°C), with a windchill of 47.1°F (8°C), 37% relative humidity, and a steady due East wind sustained at 13 mph gusting to 20.8 mph. Both the northern and southern springs at Wellman’s Cienega are flowing gently. Snowshoes are not advised due to the angle of the icy snow. The freestyle movement remains a vital part of the culture at Attitash Mountain Resort and our terrain parks, from big hits to unique rails and jibs maintained and kept fresh by a dedicated park crew, remain a canvas for freeskiers and snowboarders wanting to hone their style and skills. The East Ridge Trail between Miller and San Jacinto peaks remains 80% ice- and snow-covered, ranging from 1-6″ deep. Snow accumulation as of late yesterday afternoon: San Jacinto Peak 8″, Wellman Divide 6″, Long Valley 4″ (many thanks to Kyle Eubanks for data from yesterday.) Spikes are recommended for these notoriously treacherous ice slopes. Where icy snow remains, most major trails have now been well traveled and have reliable, compacted tracks to follow. Obviously I will post more information as soon as it comes available. Wild North winds overnight produced a lot of branches down on the trails today (I removed those I found). All trails are open, except for the Pacific Crest Trail between Black Mountain Road and Snow Creek (closed due to the Snow Fire). As public trails into the Park largely pass through Forest Service land, the Park is functionally inaccessible. This unprecedented step has been taken due to exceptional fire risk, for public and firefighter safety, and due to lack of adequate emergency response resources. Air quality has not yet returned to normal, but may do so over the next few days given the forecast winds and rain. The same creek has now dried up where it crosses Fuller Ridge Trail (at about PCT Mile 186.4). Tram riders should be aware that all camping in the State Park wilderness remains prohibited. No wilderness camping (including anywhere along the PCT) or camping at yellow post sites (such as those along Black Mountain Road and South Ridge Road) is permitted. The nearby Round Valley creek dried up in early August. Otherwise all the spot fires in the drainages appear to have died down. There are no treefall hazards on the PCT south from Cedar Spring Trail (Miles 151-162). Remarkably, 24 of the 31 days in August recorded an overnight low temperature of at least 60°F. Black Mountain Road is closed (at the gate about 1.7 miles up from Highway 243), possibly for the remainder of the year. Icy snow cover is especially extensive in the canyon of the North Fork crossing (PCT Mile 186), on heavily forested parts of the ridge crest around Mile 187, and on the north facing slope near the northern end (Miles 189.5-191). Be aware that deep snow or ice can be found at higher elevations well before and after you find it elsewhere. Temperatures are forecast to fall rapidly to well below seasonal average for several days. Day hiking permits are available at the Idyllwild and Long Valley ranger stations of the Mount San Jacinto State Park, which are both open. Other parts of the San Bernardino NF, as well as other national forests in Southern California, are included in the closure. The air temperature at San Jacinto Peak on the morning of 23rd (59.9°F) was the highest ever recorded at that location in the second half of September. The video report (available here) can be useful for deciding whether to hike around the rockslide or take an alternate route. Surface conditions were a mix of ice, snow, rocks, and slush. In an especially challenging year, and with a busy winter already underway, every contrib, If you have found this Report useful, please conside, Trail and weather update 7th December 2020, While all labor and time is volunteered, this Report completely depends on small private donations to cover its direct costs. In an especially challenging year, and a busy winter already underway, every contribution is invaluable. Park at the trailhead and cross the West Branch of the Neversink River. PCT Miles 198-206) although damage to the trail is minimal due to the gentle gradient on this section and the relatively short, light chaparral in this area. All fire lookouts in the San Bernardino National Forest are currently closed, apparently for the protection of the volunteers who operate them and due to scarce resource availability in the event of any emergency. Indeed all fire lookouts in the San Bernardino National Forest are currently closed, apparently for the protection of the volunteers who operate them and due to scarce resource availability in the event of any emergency. Be advised that it is an indistinct use trail, becoming less obvious as it nears Laws (by which time Willow Creek is close by on your left hand side, so navigation is not a challenge). Above Little Round Valley the icy snow cover is about 10%. The Forest Service closure of Dark Canyon Road is expected to continue into 2021, so there is currently no vehicular access to Seven Pines trailhead. This helps with navigation, although postholing will be challenging and snowshoes remain preferable on that section. Before anyone asks, the hard part about hiking/running over a million feet of elevation gain in a year? Spikes remain recommended for parts of all trails above about 8000′ elevation for at least the next week or so as consolidated snow undergoes freeze-thaw cycles, creating localized icy conditions. Snowshoed from the parking lot and back. The entire isthmus (between Snow Creek East Fork and Falls Creek) burned overnight to its narrowest point at about 4200ft elevation. At the Peak on Monday 26th October 2020, at 0840 the air temperature was 23.3°F (-5°C), with a windchill of -0.4°F (-18°C), 13% relative humidity, and a blustery due North wind sustained at 18 mph gusting to 24.8 mph. Reliable tracks are currently in place only for Devil’s Slide Trail through to San Jacinto Peak via Wellman Divide, and for the Ernie Maxwell Trail. The cause was apparently a vehicle problem on Snow Creek Road that led to a vegetation fire. Magnificent old growth and a mountain lake with views toward snowy peaks are the reward. All trails are open, except for the Pacific Crest Trail between Black Mountain Road and Snow Creek (Miles 191-206, closed due to the Snow Fire). Above Little Round Valley the icy snow cover is about 20%. Spikes could be useful for descending. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has reopened at reduced capacity, limited days, and shortened hours. Day hiking permits are available at the Idyllwild and Long Valley ranger stations of the Mount San Jacinto State Park, which are both open. Trails below about 8000′ are snow-free, with most areas at higher elevations continuing to clear steadily. Temperatures in the high country especially remain well above seasonal norms. All developed campgrounds are also closed, most seasonally, but now including the Pinyon Flat campground and Ribbonwood Equestrian campground, which closed on 8th December due to the coronavirus crisis. This past weekend was the best air quality this month, but it has subsequently deteriorated again somewhat in the past couple of days (but remains better now than earlier in September). the trail is very popular as many trails in this area. Our family ascent of San Jacinto Peak on Friday 11th December was my 200th of the year, far beyond the previous record of 147 in a calendar year. [The entire National Forest and State Park remain closed due to exceptional fire risk, with full details in an earlier posting, available here.]. There are no refunds or discounts if lifts and trail … It is the old road formerly used to access the fire tower and was not built as a trail. The next two crossings are the same creek, but for obvious reasons it is best to fill up at the highest of the three crossings. Marion Mountain Trail is almost completely clear of icy snow, however a few tiny, tricky patches remain. Snow depths may be suitable for snowshoeing in the high country by tomorrow, especially above about 9500‘. Significant snowfall is now forecast above 5000′ elevation on both Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th. Just on the upstream side of the road there is excellent access to the creek. Was so enthralled that I missed the turnoff for the loop (so I just did out-n-back). One unfortunate consequence of this action is that the Black Mountain Fire Lookout is also now closed for the season. South Ridge Road was partially graded in the first week of September, and is now readily passable. Take wind chill into consideration when preparing for temperatures. PCT Mile 179.9 (8070′): 3″ (was 8″ on 9th November), Devil’s Slide Trail at Humber Park (6550′): 0″ (was 8″ on 9th November), [UPDATED 13th November 2020: There is now a single snowshoe track up from Round Valley to Wellman Divide. Note that average depth is given; due to strong winds there is extensive drifting, especially in the trails. Mixed news. I recorded a rambling video summary at San Jacinto Peak – complete with ice in the beard! Snow depths are currently ideal for snowshoeing in the high country above about 8000‘, potentially lower on less traveled trails. Spikes remain strongly recommended in most areas above about 7000′ elevation for at least the next week or so as consolidated snow undergoes freeze-thaw cycles, creating dangerous icy conditions. The Trail on the north side of Red Tahquitz (Miles 175-177) remains 80% snow-covered, and spikes are useful. The latest video discussion from NWS San Diego reviews the summer (spoiler alert: warmest ever), and includes medium term (December) and longer term (into February) weather projections (spoiler alert: warm and dry). San Jacinto Trail Report: available for everyone, funded by readers.While all labor and time is volunteered, this Report completely depends on small private donations to cover costs. Start heading up on the Slide Mountain Trail. The latest report indicates 3500 acres burned at 5% containment. If you have found this Report useful, please consider visiting the Donate page. Indeed this trail has only been hiked ery little since November 2018. i would recommend this trail for spring and fall and waterproof hiking shoes especially during the spring. Forest Service temporary signage indicates that the Caramba Trail from near Reeds Meadow through Laws Camp and on to Caramba, and the Cedar Trail from Willow Creek Trail to Laws, are “not maintained”. More of a flat scramble flat scramble route. Total spread looks to have been held under 6000 acres and the fire is largely extinguished. Visit both mountains on a 6.2-mile trek or turn around at Cascade for a 4.8-mile hike. But as we were coming down many others just seems to go up and down the red trail. Temperatures in the high country will remain above average (i.e. Fire risk remains extreme. Our speedy ascent on Monday 16th from Humber Park to San Jacinto Peak required no spikes on a well-consolidated trail, although spikes were very helpful for most of the descent on somewhat patchy, compacted, icy snow. There is minor smoldering and smoking low down in the Falls Creek drainage. Did as an out & back on the red trail, plus an extra quarter mile or so past the summit to the spring (highly recommend... beautiful view and some fun scrambling to get there!). At the Peak on Friday 13th November 2020 at 0835 the air temperature was 34.4°F (1°C), with a windchill temperature of 23.4°F (-5°C), 36% relative humidity, and a moderate NW wind sustained at 7 mph gusting to 12.5 mph. Cascade Mountain Trail ascends 1,925 feet over 2.4 miles. Got to parking area at about 8:00 AM and one other car in the lot. I have continued to average at least three ascents into the San Jacinto high country every week, hiking mid-elevation trails on the intervening days. The Pacific Crest Trail remains open at the rockslide just north of Antsell Rock (Mile 172.5). Assessment of any new downed trees forestwide may take a few weeks, but be aware of the possibility of new tree fall hazards. The Deer Springs stream crossing at the PCT (approx. Thereafter snow cover averages 50% depending on exposure, but it is 100% in Little Round Valley. Recent hikes have also included South Ridge, and most sections and side trails of the PCT along the Desert Divide. 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