An extremely light drizzle was reported in some areas around Idyllwild-Pine Cove on Sunday 25th, with 0.02″ measured at 5550′ elevation. The warmest spell, with temperatures well above average, is currently forecast for 19th-22nd December. PCT Miles 173-175), PCT between Strawberry Cienega and Deer Springs camp (Miles 182-185), Fuller Ridge Trail near its northern end (PCT Miles 189.1-190.2), Spitler Peak, Cedar Spring, and Apache Spring trails. Extremely cautious navigation is recommended for those who are not very familiar with hiking this trail. There has been no visible sign of smoke or smoldering for the past few days, and containment percentage increases every day. 12.5 inches of snow. Spikes can be useful in patches, especially for descending. Even when Fern Valley Water District diverts flow into the pipe system, as it has since August, there are small fresh pools just upslope from the trail (this creek is an important source of water for the many dogs walked on the Ernie Maxwell). Wind in the high country is very similar to yesterday, from WSW sustained above 10 mph gusting to 18 mph. For comparison, at the Peak on Wednesday 4th November 2020 at 0600 the air temperature was 42.2°F (6°C), with a windchill temperature of 39.1°F (4°C), 16% relative humidity, and a light ESE wind sustained at 3 mph gusting to 4.3 mph. After about 1/4 mile the grade starts to increase in elevation. Regrettably, these few cool days will be short-lived, with another spell of record heat forecast starting Friday 4th September until Tuesday 8th. Follow this road for about 8 miles up a valley and past the first trailhead that leads to Giant Ledge. Most hikers will not need spikes on the handful of tiny icy snow patches that remain near Saddle Junction. One just before the summit and one by the burroghs plaque. See their website for details. The same creek has now dried up where it crosses Fuller Ridge Trail (at about PCT Mile 186.4). Snow depths measured today are listed at the foot of this posting, but note that due to heavy drifting, snow is often deeper in the trails themselves. The stream in the picture was 1-2 feet deep. This morning, winds had shifted (and strengthened) to the south-east, clearing out the upper elevation smoke, but raising the lower level smoke to nearly 12,000′ around the San Jacinto mountains. This is a very easy climb up Slide Mountain in the Catskills. The trail remains level for a bit, then descends past a couple more ledges before climbing moderately to the summit of the Third Brother at 2.7 miles, elevation 3,681 feet. Please see the State Park website for details. Currently almost all major trails have not been traveled and are obscured by snowfall. One unfortunate consequence of this action is that the Black Mountain Fire Lookout is also now closed, potentially for the season. As public trails into the Park largely pass through Forest Service land, the Park is functionally inaccessible. The first two, at 0.9 and 0.95 miles down, cross a tiny side creek which is largely dry and should be ignored. The Trail on the north side of Red Tahquitz (Miles 175-177) remains 90% snow-covered, and spikes are recommended. 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”. It is also flowing further upstream at its source (known locally as Grethe Spring) where it crosses the PCT (approx. It leaves the Willow Creek Trail exactly 1.0 mile from Saddle Junction (0.46 mile from the Skunk Cabbage turning), descending largely on established deer trails for 1.2 miles, roughly paralleling Willow Creek just to its south. Tried for this on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day), but couldn’t find a way to get ourselves (and 2 dogs) across the water to get to the head of the trail. Take the Big Slide Lake Trail #553A down to the right. Annie’s Junction/approx. By this afternoon, rapid melting was already underway below 7000′. Other parts of the San Bernardino NF, as well as other national forests statewide, are included in the closure. Candy’s Creek – that flows through Skunk Cabbage Meadow and then crosses the remaining visible section of Caramba Trail near Reeds Meadow – is currently flowing gently in both locations. At San Jacinto Peak (3295m/10,810ft) on Tuesday 3rd November 2020, at 0930 the air temperature was 44.3°F (7°C), with a windchill of 41.5°F (5°C), 36% relative humidity, and a light SW wind sustained at 2 mph gusting to 7.2 mph. 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. Three people put in a (very ugly looking) posthole trail up Marion Mountain and Deer Springs trails to the Peak yesterday.]. Estimated Initial Clearing Date: 8/22/2020 per 650 Chief Mtn Rd (6 miles across Reservation) to Park Boundary is muddy with several dozen head of cattle grazing. Temperatures are forecast to fall significantly next week. The fire crossed the PCT in that area at about 0900. Ash was flying around San Jacinto Peak yesterday morning, having blown up the north face from the Snow Fire scar 6000 feet below. South Ridge Trail is almost completely clear and spikes are no longer required all the way to Tahquitz Peak. A video report (available here) can be useful for deciding whether to hike around the rockslide or take an alternate route. 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. There are reasonable tracks to follow. Directions to Slide Mountain Trailhead: most hikers will find spikes are useful, depending upon your comfort level on ice and compacted snow, especially for descending in some sections. Fire risk remains severe. It is the old road formerly used to access the fire tower and was not built as a trail. 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). Very cautious navigation is recommended for those unfamiliar with this trail. The closure of the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest, which began on Monday 7th September, has been extended until at least 8th October (see revised closure order here). Slide Mountain Trail is a 10.1 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Big Indian, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The past month was likely the hottest August in recorded Idyllwild history (pending final National Weather Service data). Both are so heavily overgrown I advise hikers do not attempt to follow them. Currently the USFS gate at Humber Park remains open. there is a spot filled (which i believe to be) Betula Ermanii Trees. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Be flexible and enjoy the journey! Deer Springs Trail is basically clear of snow up to and past Strawberry Junction to about 8600′, just before the Marion Mountain Trail junction (no spikes required). Snow cover is about 60% from there to the Fuller Ridge Trail junction. Air quality on the mountain this morning was extremely poor (comparable to when we have had local fires burning within the San Jacinto mountains). I used spikes this afternoon to assist with descending from San Jacinto Peak, although they were not essential. There are 25 treefall hazards on the trail, almost all in the upper State Park section of trail, based on multiple June 2020 surveys. Due to continuing severe fire risk, all wilderness and dispersed camping remains prohibited in both the Mount San Jacinto State Park and the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest, as does all stove use. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has reopened at reduced capacity, limited days, and shortened hours. No fees to park here. Oregon Mountain 2770 ft. Trinity. Snow depths measured today are listed at the foot of this posting, but note that due to drifting, snow is often deeper in the trails themselves. PCT Mile 179.9 (8070′): 8″. [UPDATE Friday 20th November: Melting continues to be widespread at all elevations, especially on sun-exposed slopes. you have these wonderful rock formation to moss and pine scent throughout the trail. There are many tiny patches in the trail above about 8700′ that require some caution. Remarkably, 24 of the 31 days in August recorded an overnight low temperature of at least 60°F. PCT Miles 198-206) was burned on both sides by the Snow Fire (17th-19th September 2020). I will definitely be coming back to hike this when the autumn leaves are present! About eight miles were burned (approx. Waterproof boots are definitely a good idea. 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. All wilderness camping in the State Park is also prohibited. No new snow depth data are given here, as almost all measurements are 1-2″ at most. The community of Snow Creek and the DWA facilities appear to be undamaged. Total spread looks to have been held under 6000 acres and the fire is largely extinguished. Conditions will be more severe on summits, with below freezing temperatures, snow, and strong winds possible. Assessment of any new downed trees forestwide may take a few weeks, but be aware of the possibility of new tree fall hazards. No fee to park here. Spikes are useful for descending especially early in the morning. Marion Mountain Trail is basically clear to 7600′ (no spikes required). There was another car in the lot, but no footprints other than mine and many critters. Spitler Peak Trail has three new large treefall hazards (and a couple of smaller ones) in the upper switchbacks. 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. – late this morning, which gives a feel for conditions around the high peaks. In reality both trails barely exist. 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. Black Mountain Road is closed (at the gate about 1.7 miles up from Highway 243), possibly for the remainder of the year. Cautious navigation is strongly recommended everywhere. A place for people to check trail conditions. Some are described in detail below, others include: PCT south of Red Tahquitz (approx. New York State Division of Tourism, One Commerce Plaza , Albany, NY, 12245, Phone: 518-474-4116. No new snow depth data are given here, as almost all measurements average 1-2″ at most. With an especially challenging year in 2020, every contribution is invaluable. It can be done without spikes at this point, but I wouldn’t advise it. 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. On a minor personal note, on Sunday 11th October, far off trail on the north face of San Jacinto Peak, I passed one million feet of elevation gain for 2020, achieved entirely within the San Jacinto mountains. Magnificent old growth and a mountain lake with views toward snowy peaks are the reward. Other parts of the San Bernardino NF, as well as other national forests in Southern California, are included in the closure. Chinidere Mountain Trail #445 Cloud Cap Saddle Campground Cloud Cap Saddle is a small campground and the location of Cloud Cap - Tilly Jane North trailhead which provides access to Timberline National Historic Trail #600 and Tilly Jane Trail #600A from the north. Air quality in the mountains had improved markedly in recent days, but then deteriorated again dramatically today (3rd September) with a switch in wind direction. 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. Tahquitz Peak trail from Chinquapin Flat/PCT Mile 178 has steps to follow through the angled icy snow. The cause was apparently a vehicle problem on Snow Creek Road that led to a vegetation fire. While all labor and time is volunteered, this Report completely depends on small private donations to cover costs. Go up and back for more gradual. There is largely continuous icy snow for about 0.5 mile from 7600′-8100′, before clearing again until just below the PCT junction. Useful if hikers are descending the Spitler Peak Trail. It's our mission to promote an inclusive and accessible environment for all guests. South Ridge Trail is largely clear to Old Lookout Flat at 7600′. As public trails into the Park largely pass through Forest Service land, the Park is functionally inaccessible. PCT Miles 173-175), PCT between Strawberry Cienega and Deer Springs camp (Miles 182-185), Fuller Ridge Trail near its northern end (PCT Miles 189.1-190.2), Spitler Peak, Cedar Spring, and Apache Spring trails. Find out what makes Mt. For the foreseeable future, hikers should be prepared for temperatures below freezing in the high country, with potentially dangerous cold when considering windchill effects (see below for temperatures at San Jacinto Peak today). The prospects for the remainder of 2020, discussed in an earlier video from NWS San Diego, are not encouraging. Was so enthralled that I missed the turnoff for the loop (so I just did out-n-back). Reliable tracks are now in place for most major trails including: Devil’s Slide, Deer Springs, Marion Mountain, Peak, Wellman, Long and Round Valley through to Wellman Divide, Skyline, South Ridge, Tahquitz Peak, and the Tahquitz area meadows. Accessibility At Blue Mountain, we strive to make every experience unforgettable. Idyllwild (at 5550′): 6.5″, melting steadily today. The San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest partially reopened today. The trails around the Tahquitz area meadows remain surprisingly snow-covered in patches, especially around Skunk Cabbage and Little Tahquitz meadows. Fuller Ridge Trail has cleared completely on sun-exposed slopes, but extensive sections of icy snow remain in several sections. Cautious navigation is strongly recommended everywhere. USFS plans for removal of the rockslide have been delayed due to the coronavirus crisis. Leisurely day overall. South Ridge Road was partially graded in the first week of September, and is now readily passable. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. There are reasonable tracks to follow. Both the northern and southern springs at Wellman’s Cienega are flowing steadily. Miles 191-206). PCT Miles 198-206) was burned on both sides by the Snow Fire (17th-19th September 2020). Devil’s Slide and lower Deer Springs trails). I have continued to average three ascents to the highest peaks of the San Jacinto mountains every week. USFS campgrounds are open, except those mentioned elsewhere in this update. The U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild remains closed due to the coronavirus crisis. Length 6.3 miElevation gain 1706 ftRoute type Loop Many experienced hikers have reported getting lost in this area since summer 2019. Take wind chill into consideration when preparing for temperatures. The Forest Service closure of Dark Canyon Road continues, and there is no vehicular access to Seven Pines trailhead. The high country has been periodically above the cloud this morning. The parking area had not been plowed as of this afternoon. San Jacinto Trail Report: available for everyone, funded by readers. Tram riders should be aware that all camping in the State Park wilderness remains prohibited. Autumn finally arrives late next week, around Thursday 22nd, when temperatures are forecast to fall rapidly below seasonal average for several days. I'm glad I took that route because the western face is much steeper than the eastern face. The Trail on the north side of Red Tahquitz (Miles 175-177) remains 50% snow-covered, and spikes can be useful. Ernie Maxwell Trail is completely clear of snow. In order to activate your pass, please fill out the State of Vermont Attestation and abide by Vermont's mandatory cross-state travel restrictions. Above Wellman Divide the Peak Trail is consolidated and spikes are sufficient. 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. PCT mile 185.6) is flowing gently. We started this morning and on Monday before first light in an air temperature ten degrees above average, and descended to Idyllwild late morning in a temperature more than 20 degrees above seasonal. From Laws east to Caramba the route of the original Caramba Trail is relatively easy to follow – for those who were familiar with this trail prior to the 2013 Mountain Fire – despite USFS information to the contrary. At the top of Slide Mountain in the Catskills. Temperatures in the high country especially remain well above seasonal norms. A brief period of relatively cool weather (although still above seasonal averages!) Nevertheless, cautious navigation is still advised. 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. Parking lot was 2/3rds full when I left at 2PM. Weather was great, awesome hike. With a shift from easterly to westerly winds, air quality today was the best in and around the San Jacinto mountains since mid August. The Pacific Crest Trail remains open at the rockslide just north of Antsell Rock (Mile 172.5). Every effort is made to update the status in a timely manner. A closure order for the burn scar means that the Trail remains closed between Snow Creek and Black Mountain Road (approx. Cedar Spring (N 33 40 36, W 116 34 35) Flowing well. Some forest roads may remain closed. PCT Mile 186.2). Some are described in detail below, others include: PCT south of Red Tahquitz (approx. Thank you. Antsell Rock Creek (N 33 41 52, W 116 39 08) Right by the Spitler Peak Trail trailhead on Apple Canyon Road, Antsell Rock Creek is flowing well. Directions from Ulster County, NY: Located in the northwestern corner of Ulster County, The Slide Mountain Wilderness Area encompasses the towns of Shandaken, Denning and Olive. 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. With an especially challenging year in 2020, every contribution is invaluable. 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). In addition to the forest and trails, this closure includes all campgrounds, picnic sites, trailheads, and forest roads. Snow level was at about 4700′. The video includes a brief summary of an exceptionally hot and dry August, the hottest ever recorded for much of Southern California. [The major new treefall hazard just past the second switchback was cut on 20th November.]. The creek in Little Round Valley is flowing, although at less than half the volume compared to this time last year. By dusk last night, the fire was 1200 acres, burning in at least four separate spots. These icy slopes are treacherous. Spikes are very useful, especially for descending, as snow is icy and compacted. There continues to be no significant precipitation in the forecast. Spikes remain recommended. Easiest access is the trough 60 yards upstream from the trail to the campsite. SNOW DEPTHS measured today, 16th November 2020, are as follows. Life at Rose starts at 8,260 feet—the highest base elevation in Tahoe. Most areas below 7500′ are clear or rapidly clearing of snow. From Laws east to Caramba the route of the original Caramba Trail is relatively easy to follow (for those who were familiar with this trail prior to the 2013 Mountain Fire) despite USFS information to the contrary. Spikes could be useful for descending. On the Ernie Maxwell Trail, the crossing of Chinquapin Creek just below Humber Park is dry again where it crosses the trail. Air quality on the mountain has varied from day-to-day, but in general has been poor. At the Peak on Friday 18th December 2020 at 0850 the air temperature was 17.3°F (-7°C), with a windchill temperature of -3.7°F (-20°C), 62% relative humidity, and a bitter NNE wind sustained at 15 mph gusting to 22.2 mph. Altitudes are approximate. Highway camera images are courtesy of California Department of Transportation. Mile 191). Took the long way up, counterclockwise on the loop. Seven Pines Trail has had no hiker traffic since the snowfall, with no tracks or trail to follow. Devil’s Slide Trail at Humber Park (6550′): 8″ early this morning, already melted to 2-4″. WEATHER After temperatures well above seasonal for the first week of October, cooler autumnal weather finally arrived on 7th October. As discussed in the video, the storm produced an unusually even snowfall almost everywhere from 6000′ upwards. This may be accompanied by some light precipitation at mid elevations on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th October, with one or two tenths of an inch of rain possible. Snowshoed from the parking lot and back. The small creek in Tamarack Valley also dried up in August. In reality both trails no longer exist. There is no precipitation in the forecast. Total measured is first, followed by time of day and comments in parentheses. While all labor and time is volunteered, this Report completely depends on small private donations to cover its direct costs. Slide Lake / Gable Pass Trail Park Boundary to Slide Lake Cpgd./ 1.4 mi. The Snow Fire started near the village of Snow Creek yesterday 17th September at about 1440. Glendora Mountain Road, or more commonly know as GMR by locals is a great escape from the grind of every day living. Trails below about 8000′ are snow-free, with most areas at higher elevations continuing to clear steadily. 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. Seven Pines Trail has been very lightly traveled since November 2018. Snow is patchy but more continuous above that elevation, becoming continuous near Saddle Junction. Eureka Way Redding Shasta : North Coast weather and forecast. Start heading up on the Slide Mountain Trail. The flow rate has dropped substantially in recent weeks. [UPDATE 6th October: The Forest will reportedly reopen on Friday 9th October for day use. As indicated on the website of Mount San Jacinto State Park, all state park trails are also closed. Live Oak Spring (N 33 37 21, W 116 33 24) Flowing well. Unpredictable events of nature can produce road hazards which may not be cleared upon your arrival. The same creek has now dried up where it crosses Fuller Ridge Trail (at about PCT Mile 186.4). This could change at any time of course. …. There are no treefall hazards on the PCT south from Cedar Spring Trail (Miles 151-162). Air quality is the best today in two weeks, with the San Gabriel and Santa Ana mountains clearly visible this morning fom the San Jacinto high country. Notices posted at trailheads such as Humber Park and Ernie Maxwell Trail were amended by hand on 22nd September to simply say “extended, see website for details”. Deer Springs Trail is largely clear of icy snow to San Jacinto Peak. The trails around the Tahquitz area meadows remain surprisingly snow-covered in patches, especially around Skunk Cabbage and Little Tahquitz meadows. Spitler Peak Trail Descending the trail there are five water crossings. No painted rocks on summits or trails; Alpine Plants are rare and fragile. The Deer Springs stream crossing at the PCT (approx. WEATHER Another storm system tomorrow (Sunday 8th) is forecast to produce another light snowfall at mid and upper elevations (possibly less snow than today). According to USFS, the closure situation is reevaluated daily. Marion Mountain Trail is almost completely clear of icy snow, however a few tricky patches remain, especially near the PCT junction. Extremely cautious navigation is recommended for those who are not very familiar with hiking this trail. With temperatures in the high country near or below freezing, and the sun at its lowest potency of the year, melting of ice has slowed and hence overall trail conditions have not significantly changed in recent days. 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. Note that average depth is given; due to strong winds there is extensive drifting, especially in the trails. Day use permits are nevertheless required for the San Jacinto wilderness, and should be available at the self-serve kiosks outside either ranger station. Following the Big Slide trail from the Garden, you will hike 0.2 miles before intersecting with the Porter trail. Just on the upstream side of the road there is excellent access to the creek. Big Slide Mountain Trail Conditions and Trip Reports are crowdsourced from many hiking websites across the Internet. Trailhead parking and recreation area access is well marked. Trams are operating at greatly reduced capacity, reduced times, and on limited days; see the Tramway website for details. From Laws east to Caramba the route of the original Caramba Trail is relatively easy to follow (for those who were familiar with this trail prior to the 2013 Mountain Fire). They may be especially useful for descending trails when they become icy and compacted (e.g. Even when Fern Valley Water District diverts flow into the pipe system, as it has for much of August, there are small fresh pools just upslope from the trail (this creek is an important source of water for the many dogs walked on the Ernie Maxwell). all in all would i do this trail again. The prospects for the remainder of 2020, discussed in an earlier video from NWS San Diego, are not encouraging. Bright sunny day, glistening snow & ice. 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. See park web site for map with latest area closure.. the trail itself is mostly wide and very easy to follow with a big parking lot and a polyjohn. I used spikes more extensively on today’s fast hike up and down via Marion Mountain and Deer Springs trails. The wisdom of the closure decision was demonstrated by the outbreak of the Snow Fire in mid September, which burned 6200 acres, largely in the Snow Creek and Falls Creek drainages. 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