UPDATED 18th September @ 0950. Despite temperatures in the high country near or below freezing, and the sun at its lowest potency of the year, melting of ice has continued steadily, with few significant ice patches remaining now. Altitudes are approximate. With a shift from easterly to westerly winds, air quality today was the best in and around the San Jacinto mountains since mid August. While all labor and time is volunteered, this Report completely depends on small private donations to cover costs. In addition to the forest and trails, this closure includes all campgrounds, picnic sites, trailheads, and forest roads. Indeed this trail has been hiked very little since November 2018, initially due to snowfall, then the road closure from February 2019. Buckhorn Summit 2646 ft. Trinity. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway closed again starting 12th December due to the coronavirus crisis, and is not expected to reopen this year. Big Slide Mountain Trail Conditions and Trip Reports are crowdsourced from many hiking websites across the Internet. Please remember, face masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking. There are many tiny patches in the trail above about 8700′ that require some caution. Spot fires remain smoldering in Snow Creek and Falls Creek drainages below about 4000ft, although almost all of the riparian vegetation survived unburned. Shooting Star Spring (below Little Round Valley but above the North Fork of the San Jacinto River crossing) is flowing gently. At the Peak on Monday 23rd November 2020 at 0825 the air temperature was 28.2°F (-2°C), with a windchill temperature of 11.3°F (-12°C), 54% relative humidity, and a sharp due West wind sustained at 13 mph gusting to 23.1 mph. Other springs on this trail are dry. 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. Desolation Peak. Wilderness camping will remain prohibited. PCT Mile 186.2). A couple of cool days will be followed by yet another warming starting 11th. Summit no great views but a couple good view spots right before. Day hiking permits are available at the Idyllwild and Long Valley ranger stations of the Mount San Jacinto State Park, which are both open. 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. 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!). The USFS gate at Humber Park remains open, and the parking area was plowed on Sunday 8th. Trails below about 8000′ are now almost completely snow-free, with most areas at higher elevations also clearing very rapidly. Three weeks of freeze-thaw cycles, and considerable compaction by hiker traffic, has left the limited patches of snow dangerously icy on the high country trails. Deer Springs Trail is clear (or clearing rapidly) of snow up to and past Strawberry Junction to about 8600′, just before the Marion Mountain Trail junction. Even when not required for ascending, spikes are invariably useful for descending trails where the snow is compacted and icy. This is an update on conditions following the first snow storm of winter 2020/21, with most of the snow falling on Saturday 7th, followed by a little more on Sunday 8th. PCT Mile 186.2). Wind in the high country is very similar to yesterday, from WSW sustained above 10 mph gusting to 18 mph. Many experienced hikers have reported getting lost in this area since summer 2019. Containment remains 5%. Air quality on the mountain has varied from day-to-day, but in general has been poor. I will definitely be coming back to hike this when the autumn leaves are present! Great day for a hike! Other parts of the San Bernardino NF, as well as other national forests statewide, are included in the closure. Spikes remain recommended. About eight miles were burned (approx. Marion Mountain Trail is functionally clear of ice, however a couple of tiny patches remain. there is a spot filled (which i believe to be) Betula Ermanii Trees. Relatively easy compared to the high peaks that I've completed in the Adirondacks. Spikes are very useful, especially for descending, as snow is icy and compacted. Above Little Round Valley the icy snow cover is only 5%. UPDATED 18th September @ 1520. CLOSED as part of general east side closure due to pandemic. The small creek in Tahquitz Valley dried up in early August. In addition to the forest and trails, this closure includes all campgrounds, picnic sites, trailheads, and forest roads. The Pacific Crest Trail above Snow Creek (approx. All morning the fire was burning in small patches on both flanks of Blaisdell Ridge up to c.5000ft. Due to the coronavirus crisis the Idyllwild ranger station of the Mount San Jacinto State Park has again closed (the U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild has not reopened since March). Spikes are useful in those sections, especially for descending. All developed campgrounds are now also closed (either seasonally, or due to the coronavirus crisis). Some are described in detail below, others include: PCT south of Red Tahquitz (approx. Ephemeral creeks, such as those along Marion Mountain Trail, and Stone Creek and its tributaries on Deer Springs Trail, are now all dry. Notices posted at trailheads such as Humber Park and Ernie Maxwell Trail were amended by hand on 22nd to simply say “extended, see website for details”. Slide Lake / Gable Pass Trail Park Boundary to Slide Lake Cpgd./ 1.4 mi. 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. Santa Ana winds accompanied by very low relative humidities (and critical fire conditions) are expected on 23rd-24th. San Jacinto Trail Report: available for everyone, funded by readers. Please stay safe everyone. USFS day use permits are required again for the San Jacinto wilderness starting 1st September, and should be available at the kiosk outside the ranger station. The Snow Fire, which started on 17th September, was held initially at 6013 acres (see prior posting for discussion). This is a very easy climb up Slide Mountain in the Catskills. 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. Air quality on the mountain has varied from day-to-day, but in general has been poor. All current trail and camping permits are being revoked. Although often not required for ascending, spikes can be helpful for descending icy sections of trails, depending upon your comfort level on ice and icy compacted snow. These icy slopes are treacherous. At the Peak on Sunday 6th December 2020 at 0830 the air temperature was 41.6°F (5°C), with a windchill temperature of 39.7°F (4°C), 14% relative humidity, under calm conditions, with an occasional light and variable breeze gusting to 3 mph. 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. Spikes are recommended for at least the next few days as established trails become consolidated by hiker traffic and undergo freeze-thaw cycles. Most areas below 7500′ are clear or rapidly clearing of snow. The greatly reduced hours and capacity 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 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. PCT Miles 198-206) was burned on both sides by the Snow Fire (17th-19th September 2020). Other parts of the San Bernardino NF, as well as other national forests in Southern California, are included in this closure (see USFS closure notice here). Tahquitz Creek is flowing at the northern end of Little Tahquitz Meadow. Marion Mountain Trail is almost completely clear of icy snow, however a few tricky patches remain, especially near the PCT junction. Ernie Maxwell Trail is completely clear of snow. As discussed above, very cold weather is forecast starting Friday 6th, lasting into the following week. Snow depths are currently ideal for snowshoeing in the high country above about 8000‘, potentially lower on less traveled trails. Following the moderate snow storm on 7th-8th November, a dramatic swing to temperatures far above seasonal for much of the past two weeks has resulted in rapid and extensive melting at all elevations. The Snow Fire was held initially at 6013 acres (see prior posting for discussion). See park web site for map with latest area closure.. Eureka Way Redding Shasta : North Coast weather and forecast. There continues to be no significant precipitation in the forecast. The storm today produced at least 3-4 inches of snow at all elevations above about 6000′ (it was still actively snowing at most of the locations where I recorded depths this afternoon, so depths will likely increase). The previous dozen downed trees on this trail were removed in early November. There is no precipitation in the forecast. New York State Division of Tourism, One Commerce Plaza , Albany, NY, 12245, Phone: 518-474-4116. Although by late morning the prognosis for containment appeared to be somewhat positive, obviously this could change dramatically at short notice, as we have seen in so many other places in recent weeks. At present postholing through shallow snow is relatively easy in most areas, especially below 10,000′. I recorded a short video on my hike to San Jacinto Peak this morning, which gives a feel for conditions in the high country. At the Peak on Friday 20th November 2020 at 0815 the air temperature was 43.3°F (6°C), with a windchill temperature of 39.1°F (4°C), 51% relative humidity, and a light due West breeze sustained at 4 mph gusting to 6.2 mph. Significant snowfall is now forecast above 5000′ elevation on both Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th. I have continued to average at least three ascents to the highest peaks of the San Jacinto mountains every week. Extremely cautious navigation is recommended for those who are not very familiar with hiking this trail. An extremely light drizzle was reported in some areas around Idyllwild-Pine Cove on Sunday 25th, with 0.02″ measured at 5550′ elevation. Boulder Basin campground will remain closed all year. The next crossing, at 1.1 miles down, is Spitler Creek and is the best source of water (currently flowing). If you have updates on conditions, please share them here so everyone knows what to expect when they hit the trails! The same creek has now dried up where it crosses Fuller Ridge Trail (at about PCT Mile 186.4). The North Fork of the San Jacinto River is flowing where it crosses the Deer Springs Trail and again downstream where it crosses the Fuller Ridge Trail on the PCT (approx. there are several places of the trail where you can also get a nice view so look for these spots. Due to continuing exceptional 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. Hikers should be prepared for temperatures near or below freezing in the high country, and well below freezing when considering wind chill effects (see below for temperatures recorded at San Jacinto Peak recently). After about 1/4 mile the grade starts to increase in elevation. 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. It is quite low to the ground at only 1.5m but has lots of room and a good fire pit. Descriptive ride profiles based on GPS-based maps give riders a fast visual of the pleasure and pain that lie ahead. A closure order for the burn scar means that the Trail remains closed between Snow Creek and Black Mountain Road (approx. 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. Viewed from above, the western flank (in the vicinity of the PCT) appears to be completely extinguished. you have these wonderful rock formation to moss and pine scent throughout the trail. Trams are operating at greatly reduced capacity, reduced times, and limited days; see the Tramway website for full details. Snow level was at about 4700′. I have continued to average at least three ascents into the San Jacinto high country every week. If you have found this Report useful, please consid, Weather and trail update 27th October 2020, Weather, water, and trail update 22nd October 2020, Trail and weather update 15th October 2020, Forest and fire update 24th September 2020, Forest closure extended 14th September 2020, Weather and water update 3rd September 2020. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Mixed news. Trams are operating at greatly reduced capacity, reduced times, and limited days; see the Tramway website for details. The U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild remains closed due to the coronavirus crisis. Air quality on the mountain this morning was extremely poor (comparable to when we have had local fires burning within the San Jacinto mountains). 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. The dramatically differing winds and temperatures I recorded at San Jacinto Peak on my past three ascents over the last five days (see below) perfectly illustrate the unpredictability of mountain weather. 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). Live Oak Spring (N 33 37 21, W 116 33 24) Flowing well. The usual two stubborn areas of continuous icy snow remain, an extended area of about 0.6 mile either side of Annie’s Junction, and again for about 0.4 mile near 10,000′ elevation on the Peak Trail. Tahquitz Peak trail from Chinquapin Flat/PCT Mile 178 has a well-defined track to follow through the angled icy snow. Seasonal developed campgrounds – Stone Creek, Marion Mountain, and Fern Basin – closed on 10th November for the winter. I have continued to hike every single day this year, including several ascents weekly to the highest peaks of the San Jacinto mountains by diverse routes. The area is exceptional for backcountry skiing, mountain climbing and hiking. Tahquitz Creek is flowing well at the northern end of Little Tahquitz Meadow. Continue on the Big Slide trail, which will drop down to Juliet Brook and then climb upwards for half a mile, at which point it will begin switchbacking up a steeper pitch. 5th car in the parking lot when I arrived. My snowshoe track to San Jacinto Peak via the Wellman and Peak trails will be far more consolidated by the 17 people we passed during our descent today. There are reasonable tracks to follow. San Jacinto Trail Report: available for everyone, funded by readers. No ice today (11/21) except a very small amount at the overlook and on the trail to the spring. And for those post-ride kick-backs, there are listings of … Air quality had largely returned to normal in the high country, but strong North winds on Monday 26th stirred up all the smoke, ash, and dust again. Both the northern and southern springs at Wellman’s Cienega are flowing gently. Forest Service has indicated this is primarily a day use reopening. PCT Mile 177). [UPDATE 6th October: The Forest will reportedly reopen on Friday 9th October for day use. These icy slopes are treacherous. Day hiking permits are available at the Idyllwild and Long Valley ranger stations of the Mount San Jacinto State Park, which are both open. An informal use trail to Laws is much more direct and avoids all of the challenging bush-whacking of the unmaintained trails (some local hikers have dubbed it the “King Trail”). The shelter just past the Third Brother is harder to find as it is off the trail and is almost invisable when comming down from Big Slide. Cautious navigation is strongly recommended everywhere. The U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild remains closed due to the coronavirus crisis. Completed today, on a 70 degree Monday. The route from Devil’s Slide Trail to San Jacinto Peak via the Wellman and Peak trails was largely clear of snow and ice this morning. Took the long way up, counterclockwise on the loop. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is closed indefinitely (since 12th March) due to the coronavirus crisis. Regrettably, for the fourth year in a row, the late summer monsoons have largely missed us, with only 0.08″ rain measured in Idyllwild in August. Given the enormous challenges with almost all the other fires in the state at this time, we are extremely fortunate that the Snow Fire was not ultimately many times larger, or more destructive. It is the old road formerly used to access the fire tower and was not built as a trail. Even when not needed for ascending, spikes are especially useful for descending trails where they are icy and compacted. The past month was the hottest September in recorded Idyllwild history. PCT Miles 198-206) although damage to the trail is limited due to the gentle gradient on this section and the relatively short, light chaparral in this area. On Devil’s Slide Trail, Middle Spring continues to trickle gently. 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. The nearby Round Valley creek dried up in early August. The principal formal trail impacted was the PCT. Reportedly air attack indicated 4500 acres burned at about 1600 (Cal Fire later put the figure at 4200 acres). For links and details regarding hiking permits, camping restrictions, ranger station access, and the Tramway reopening, please see the previous Report. There are 25 treefall hazards on the trail, almost all in the upper State Park section of trail, based on multiple June 2020 surveys. SR 89 and SR 267 highway live webcams in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, west of Reno and northern Nevada, NV Marion Mountain Trail is almost completely clear of icy snow, however a few tricky patches remain, especially near the PCT junction. All camping in the State Park wilderness remains prohibited. The. 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). Encouraging news. Significant snowfall is now expected above 5000′ elevation on both Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th. The snowmaking crew is riding the ups and downs that is the temps. The viewing area on the eastern side gives an excellent viewing of t… They are especially useful for descending trails when they become icy and compacted (e.g. Tahquitz Peak trail from Chinquapin Flat/PCT Mile 178 has steps to follow through the angled icy snow. The unprecedented Forest and Park closures, in place for 31 days, were indicative of the exceptional fire risk and the associated resource challenges. A month of freeze-thaw cycles, plus compaction by hiker traffic, has left the limited patches of snow very icy on high country trails. Snowshoes are not advised due to the angle of the icy snow. On the summit area of Slide Mountain lies two great viewing areas. Absolutely lovely. Remarkably, 24 of the 31 days in August recorded an overnight low temperature of at least 60°F. 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 very well. Minor smoke plumes are still visible on the east flank of Blaisdell Ridge at about 5000ft elevation, about two miles due north of Mountain Station of the Tramway. WEATHER After a long, hot summer, including much of October, we had a delightful, if brief, hint of winter, with temperatures falling to well below seasonal average over the past four days. Seven Pines Trail has had no hiker traffic since the last snowfall, with no tracks or trail to follow. 12.5 inches of snow. These icy slopes are treacherous. Day use permits are nevertheless required for the San Jacinto wilderness, and should be available at the self-serve kiosks outside either ranger station. It is also only one of two mountains in the Catskills that rises above 4000 feet. At San Jacinto Peak (10,810ft/3295m) on Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 0825 the air temperature was 29.1°F (-2°C), with a windchill temperature of 14.6°F (-10°C), 61% relative humidity, and a fresh due West wind sustained at 13 mph gusting to 17.8 mph. 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. Just on the upstream side of the road there is excellent access to the creek. Completed this hike with a four year old, who was able to use snowshoes on the last third towards the summit. 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. Spikes are recommended for at least the next few days as established trails become consolidated by hiker traffic and undergo freeze-thaw cycles. San Jacinto Trail Report: available for everyone, funded by readers. There is a chance of precipitation throughout this weekend. 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 is a brief update on conditions following the first snow storm of winter 2020/21. Both are so heavily overgrown I advise hikers do not attempt to follow them. Total spread looks to have been held under 6000 acres and the fire is largely extinguished. Snowshoes remain useful for off trail travel only in the high country above about 9000‘, potentially lower on colder slopes. …. The Snow Fire started near the village of Snow Creek yesterday 17th September at about 1440. According to the website of Mount San Jacinto State Park, all state park trails are also closed. Flow has periodically been redirected to the CCC/ACE camp in Long Valley and water pressure can be insufficient to also flow at the pipe (currently there is no maintenance crew camped in Long Valley). Waterproof boots are definitely a good idea. I used spikes this afternoon to assist with descending from San Jacinto Peak, although they were not essential. In order to activate your pass, please fill out the State of Vermont Attestation and abide by Vermont's mandatory cross-state travel restrictions. One unfortunate consequence of this action is that the Black Mountain Fire Lookout is also now closed for the season. In reality both trails barely exist. Go around the next turn and you will see the trailhead parking area for Slide Mountain. This report is updated by 7:00 am daily before grooming activities are completed. Trails in that area also have a few new treefalls, but none that present major hazards to hikers. Please stay safe everyone. 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). Details of the Forest Service reopening are available here. One unfortunate consequence of this action is that the Black Mountain Fire Lookout is also now closed, potentially for the season. Currently most major trails have not been traveled and are somewhat obscured by snowfall. 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. According to USFS, the closure situation is reevaluated daily. Little snow and ice on northern side of the mtn but trail was just a little muddy. There has been no visible sign of smoke or smoldering for the past few days, and containment percentage increases every day. Glendora Mountain Road, or more commonly know as GMR by locals is a great escape from the grind of every day living. All trails above about 6000′ are snow-covered, with depth increasing somewhat with elevation. Great road for a scenic car drive or even better yet a motorcycle ride. 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. Altitudes are approximate. 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 fire crossed the PCT in that area at about 0900. The prospects for the remainder of 2020, discussed in an earlier video from NWS San Diego, are not encouraging. the one spring i did see was dry today and i also seen people carrying empty bottles. A cold system is forecast around 15th-16th, with frigid temperatures possible in the high country. 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. The entire San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest closed on Monday evening, 7th September. By late morning there was an active fire front less than a mile from One Horse Ridge, and little more than two miles from the Fuller Ridge campground and trailhead. Cautious navigation is strongly recommended everywhere. 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. 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