Conditions

This is where the feet hit the trail, and I need your help in posting conditions reports. The blog home page is for posting trip reports, both my own and yours if you want to submit them, but this page is for posting information about current conditions on the trails and at trailheads. Conditions might include down trees, heavy debris on the trail, trail sections brushed in or confusing, signs damaged or missing, creeks too high to cross, water sources dry which are usually wet.

During the summer season, I will myself often be out in the wilderness, and not checking this blog, but I will respond and/or organize when I’m home briefly for resupply. I will also pass along conditions to the Forest Service, for information and possible fixes.

3 thoughts on “Conditions

  1. Dan Allison Post author

    PCT: The trail is largely logged out. From north boundary to Five Lake Creek, the trail is is good shape and brushed out. From Five Lake Creek south to the boundary, some parts are very brushy, though none yet so bad that you can’t see your way through. There are a few trees down, none hazardous. The creek from the meadow north of Granite Chief saddle, the Middle Fork American River, and Five Lakes Creek are all flowing but low for the time of year. Upper Whiskey Creek is dry, but flowing lower down. The trailside spring is flowing.

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  2. Dan Allison Post author

    Shanks Cove Trail: The section between the Western States Trail (Picayune Trail) and the Grayhorse Trail has many down trees where the trail climbs out of the pocket below Picayune saddle and back to the ridge crest. There are so many trees down that it is unsafe for equestrians and difficult for hikers. There are also several down trees on the section from Grayhorse down to the Five Lakes Creek Trail, but all are easy to get around. Shanks Cove Creek is flowing but low for the time of year.

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  3. Dan Allison Post author

    Western States Trail (Picayune Trail): there are several down trees along the trail, mostly in the section between Picayune saddle and where the trail approaches the waterfall in Picayune; all are reasonable easy to bypass; there is water in Picayune Creek, Middle Fork American River at the trail crossing, and Talbot Creek, though all are lower than usual for the time of year, and some of the side creeklets along Picayune Valley are still flowing

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