Icy snow cover persists 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). 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 trail itself is mostly wide and very easy to follow with a big parking lot and a polyjohn. Air quality has largely returned to normal above about 4000′ elevation, thanks to several days of steady north and easterly winds. WEATHER Temperatures at all elevations are forecast to remain several degrees above seasonal for the first week of December. The latest video from NWS San Diego is very informative, including the latest projection for the winter (spoiler alert: bad news). The Idyllwild ranger station of the State Park has again closed (the U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild has not reopened since March). Take Exit 19 off I-87 and follow 28 west for 31 miles before making a left onto State Road 47 near the town of Big Indian. 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. Oregon Mountain 2770 ft. Trinity. Stepping on them kills them. Most of the past week has seen two layers of smoke, one at high elevation (>14,000′), the other closer to ground level (often <4000′). [UPDATED 8th November 2020: In Idyllwild and the high country it continued snowing yesterday afternoon. A couple of cool days will be followed by yet another warming starting 11th. Fire risk remains severe. 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. At present postholing through shallow snow is relatively easy in most areas, especially below 10,000′. SNOW DEPTHS measured today are as follows. The smoke/smog level has visibly fluctuated between about 7000′ to 12,000′, although overall air quality has improved significantly in the San Jacinto mountains in recent days. Conditions had started to improve today (see comparison photos below). As discussed above, very cold weather is forecast starting Friday 6th, lasting into the following week. In an especially challenging year, and with a busy winter already underway, every contribution is invaluable. Slide Mountain Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Big Indian, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. Air quality on the mountain this morning was extremely poor (comparable to when we have had local fires burning within the San Jacinto mountains). South Ridge Trail is largely clear to Old Lookout Flat at 7600′. Many experienced hikers have reported getting lost in this area since summer 2019. Trams are operating at greatly reduced capacity, reduced times, and on limited days; see the Tramway website for details. Please stay safe everyone. While all labor and time is volunteered, this Report completely depends on small private donations to cover its direct costs. The warmest temperature I have ever recorded at San Jacinto Peak remains Wednesday 19th August 2020, when at 0745 the air temperature was 62.3°F (17°C), with no measurable windchill, 42% relative humidity, and calm, extremely hazy conditions. ADK 46er here, this has to be one of the best trails and hikes I have ever been on! Regrettably it will last less than a week, with temperatures rising again to well above average from 12th October onwards. After a major rain storm (4-5") the streams can be unpassable. 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. Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Trail), Doubletop and Graham Bushwhack [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Balsam Mountain Via Oliverea-Mapledale and Pine Hill-West Branch Trail, Slide Mountain via Pheonicia-East Branch Trail, Fir Mountain via Pine Hill-West Branch Trail, Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide Mountain Trail, Samuel's Point via Phoenicia East Branch Trail, Balsam, Haynes, Eagle, Big Indian and Fir Peaks Loop, Table, Peekamoose, Lone and Rocky, Balsam Cap and Friday Loop, Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg to Woodland Valley. Idyllwild (at 5550′): 6.5″, melting steadily today. Temperatures well above seasonal are forecast to return for the last couple of days of September into the first few days of October (as discussed in the latest briefing from NWS San Diego). The U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild remains closed due to the coronavirus crisis. The major new treefall hazard just past the second switchback was removed on Friday 20th November. Currently the USFS gate at Humber Park remains open. Big Slide is a great trail and today was an awesome day to enjoy this trail. At San Jacinto Peak (10,810ft/3295m) on Monday 7th December 2020 at 0825 the air temperature was 25.0°F (-4°C), with a windchill temperature of 6.9°F (-14°C), 43% relative humidity, and a sharp SE wind sustained at 13 mph gusting to 25.0 mph. It goes without saying that the trail is impassable by stock, and it is relatively slow-going for hikers also. 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.) Data show the three months July- September 2020 were the hottest in Idyllwild history, and that Idyllwild’s ten hottest summers have all occurred since 2002. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway reopened in October at reduced capacity, limited days, and shortened hours. PCT Mile 186.2). is a very popular hike. I'm glad I took that route because the western face is much steeper than the eastern face. In addition to the forest and trails, this closure includes all campgrounds, picnic sites, trailheads, and forest roads. Boulder Basin campground will remain closed all year. View our Blue Mountain Resort Parking Map, Shuttle Map, Trail … Also the views at the top are alittle disappointing but a good day on the trails none the less, Today was a nice warm day. Remarkably, 24 of the 31 days in August recorded an overnight low temperature of at least 60°F. Be flexible and enjoy the journey! Spikes could be useful for descending. Day hiking permits are available at the Idyllwild and Long Valley ranger stations of the Mount San Jacinto State Park, which are both open. Length 11.7 miElevation gain 3267 ftRoute type Loop. WEATHER For the remainder of ths week, every day is forecast to be progressively warmer. 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. Life at Rose starts at 8,260 feet—the highest base elevation in Tahoe. Brochures and Maps Know before you go! Our groomers will work on a checklist list that includes 25 trails tonight. Useful if hikers are descending the Spitler Peak Trail. Cross the creek and reach a campsite. My track to and from Saddle Junction to San Jacinto Peak via Wellman Divide was disappearing within minutes due to strong winds. Spikes are useful in those sections, especially for descending. Thank you. Parking lot was 2/3rds full when I left at 2PM. In reality both trails barely exist. Altitudes are approximate. Deer Springs Trail is clear of snow past Strawberry Junction to about 8600′, shortly before the Marion Mountain Trail junction (no spikes required). WEATHER Another storm system tomorrow (Sunday 8th) is forecast to produce another light snowfall at mid and upper elevations (possibly less snow than today). Length 6.3 miElevation gain 1706 ftRoute type Loop San Jacinto Trail Report: available for everyone, funded by readers. They are especially useful for descending trails when they become icy and compacted (e.g. 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 (and we have had several strong wind events since). The trail is hard and icy and spikes are very useful for descending. Ernie Maxwell Trail is completely clear of snow. we took the longer 3.6 mile way to the top which i would believe the made the trail more enjoyable. 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. All trails above about 5500′ are snow-covered. As indicated on the website of Mount San Jacinto State Park, all state park trails are also closed. Devil’s Slide Trail has a well-traveled track to follow. The small creek in Tahquitz Valley dried up in early August. The small creek in Tamarack Valley also dried up in August. Indeed this trail has been hiked very little since November 2018, initially due to snowfall, then the road closure from February 2019. Extremely cautious navigation is recommended for those who are not very familiar with hiking this trail. There are reasonable tracks to follow. Walking stick helped to traverse the wet parts and the steep descent. Conditions will be more severe on summits, with below freezing temperatures, snow, and strong winds possible. Thankfully there are no treefall hazards on the PCT south from Cedar Spring Trail (Miles 151-162). A brief period of relatively cool weather (although still above seasonal averages!) The little creek at Strawberry Cienega (PCT mile 183.0) is dry. All trails above about 6000′ are snow-covered, with depth increasing somewhat with elevation. On the Ernie Maxwell Trail, the crossing of Chinquapin Creek just below Humber Park is dry again where it crosses the trail. The U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild remains closed due to the coronavirus crisis. The Forest Service closure of Dark Canyon Road will continue into 2021, so there is currently no vehicular access to Seven Pines trailhead. However, temperatures will rise rapidly this week, and especially in the first week of November they are forecast to be well above average yet again. Very cautious navigation is recommended for those unfamiliar with this trail. Full details of the Tram reopening are available at the Tramway website. Wind in the high country is very similar to yesterday, from WSW sustained above 10 mph gusting to 18 mph. Trails below about 8500′ are generally snow-free, with most trails at higher elevations having limited icy snow patches only. Tram riders should be aware that all camping in the State Park wilderness remains prohibited. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. There is no significant precipitation in the forecast. Some are described in detail below, others include: PCT south of Red Tahquitz (approx. PCT Mile 177). All camping remains prohibited forestwide, meaning wilderness camping (including along the PCT) or camping at yellow post sites (such as those along Black Mountain Road and South Ridge Road) is not permitted. Devil’s Slide Trail is basically clear of snow.]. 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). 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. If you have found this Report useful, please consider visiting the Donate page. 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). According to the website of Mount San Jacinto State Park, all state park trails are also closed. 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. Magnificent old growth and a mountain lake with views toward snowy peaks are the reward. 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. The high country has been periodically above the cloud this morning. No new snow depth data are given here, as almost all measurements average 1-2″ at most. Spot fires remain smoldering in Snow Creek and Falls Creek drainages below about 4000ft, although almost all of the riparian vegetation survived unburned. but that was find with us. all in all would i do this trail again. The San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest partially reopened today. Obviously I will post more information as soon as it comes available. Black Mountain Road reopened on 20th June, having been graded through to the Fuller Ridge campground. you have these wonderful rock formation to moss and pine scent throughout the trail. At other times, this area is completely dry. 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. 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. There are a couple of reasonable sets of tracks to follow through the snow patches, and spikes are recommended. 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. Where icy snow remains, most major trails have now been well traveled and have reliable, compacted tracks to follow. weekends always being crowded. Special thanks to Florian Boyd for on-location information on 17th. 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. Details of the Forest Service reopening are available here. Temperatures will be below seasonal everywhere, and 20-30 degrees below freezing on 7th-9th in the high country. Black Mountain Road is closed (at the gate by Highway 243), possibly for the remainder of the year. Snow cover is about 70% from there to the Fuller Ridge Trail junction. A closure order for the burn scar means that the Trail remains closed between Snow Creek and Black Mountain Road (PCT Miles 191-206). Both the northern and southern springs at Wellman’s Cienega are flowing well. I have continued to average three ascents to the highest peaks of the San Jacinto mountains every week. The Forest Service closure of Dark Canyon Road continues, and there is no vehicular access to Seven Pines trailhead. the trail is very popular as many trails in this area. 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. 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