WEATHER Yet another warm spell in recent days – both high and low temperatures have been more than ten degrees above average – gives way to near-seasonal temperatures starting on 23rd, likely for the remainder of the year. 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 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. UPDATED 18th September @ 1710. The sights were amazing after the snow the day before! Due to continuing exceptional fire risk, all dispersed camping remains prohibited in both the Mount San Jacinto State Park and the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest. Great road for a scenic car drive or even better yet a motorcycle ride. This could change at any time of course. 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. 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. Currently almost all major trails have not been traveled and are obscured by snowfall. Only those developed campgrounds that were previously open – Pinyon, Marion Mountain, Fern Basin – have reopened (the latter two are scheduled to close for the season on 10th November anyway). [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.]. Assessment of any new downed trees forestwide may take a few weeks, but be aware of the possibility of new tree fall hazards. My previous record for a calendar year was about 820,000 feet. At the Peak on Monday 30th November 2020 at 0840 the air temperature was 37.1°F (3°C), with a windchill temperature of 32.8°F (0°C), 23% relative humidity, and a light NW breeze sustained at 2 mph gusting to 4.3 mph. See the State Park or Forest Service websites for further information. Total accumulation at 6000′ may be several inches, with 8-10″ possible around the highest peaks. These icy slopes are treacherous. By this afternoon, rapid melting was already underway below 7000′. 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. Devil’s Slide Trail at Humber Park (6550′): 8″ early this morning, already melted to 2-4″. Boulder Basin campground (and the Black Mountain Group campground) will remain closed into 2021. Thank you. Icy snow on trails persists in traditional areas that are colder and/or less sun-exposed, such as the north face of Tahquitz Peak, in Little Round Valley, on Deer Springs Trail around 9300′ near the North Fork River crossing, at around 10,000′ on the Peak Trail, and between Round Valley and Wellman Divide. Very rocky in spots - wish I had my hiking boots instead of trail shoes. USFS day use permits are required for the San Jacinto wilderness, and should be available at the kiosk outside the ranger station. The first two, at 0.9 and 0.95 miles down, cross a tiny side creek which is largely dry and should be ignored. With a significant change in the weather imminent, hikers should be prepared for temperatures near or below freezing in the high country (potentially well below freezing when considering windchill effects), especially on 25th-28th October. 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). 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. Conditions were near perfect, with unusually little wind. 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. Currently the official estimate is at 2500 acres. 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. 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). Interesting geology. WEATHER After a long, hot summer, including much of October, it looks like we may briefly bypass autumn and head straight into winter in the next few days. 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. Otherwise all the spot fires in the drainages appear to have died down. Apparently, “the closure will be reevaluated daily”. 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. 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. All trails above about 6000′ are snow-covered, with depth increasing somewhat with elevation. 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. The creek in Little Round Valley is flowing, although at less than half the volume compared to this time last year. These are the sources for Willow Creek, which is flowing well where it crosses the Willow Creek Trail. Written in a clear, brisk style, the book contains at-a-glance information for difficulty, length, and trail conditions. There is currently no significant precipitation in the forecast. PCT Mile 179.9 (8070′): 2.5″, Devil’s Slide Trail at Humber Park (6550′): 2″ settled (at 1345, but judging by snow on my truck, as much as 4″ may have fallen), Idyllwild (at 5550′): 1.25″ (again, more had fallen but not settled)(also 0.14″ rain fell overnight). 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. All developed campgrounds are now also closed (either seasonally, or due to the coronavirus crisis). PCT Miles 198-206) was burned on both sides by the Snow Fire (17th-19th September 2020). Nevertheless, cautious navigation is still advised. Other parts of the San Bernardino NF, as well as other national forests statewide, are included in the closure. Useful if hikers are descending the Spitler Peak Trail. I continue to average several ascents to the highest peaks of the San Jacinto mountains every week by diverse routes. Total spread looks to have been held under 6000 acres and the fire is largely extinguished. PCT Mile 186.2). Thereafter icy snow cover averages 10% depending on exposure, but it is 50% in Little Round Valley. Note that average depth is given; extensive drifting and differential melting has led to uneven depths. 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. Both the northern and southern springs at Wellman’s Cienega are flowing steadily. The creek in Little Round Valley is flowing very weakly, and it dries up at the mouth of the valley. 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. It goes without saying that the trail is impassable by stock, and it is relatively slow-going for hikers also. 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). PCT Mile 177). Most areas below 7500′ are clear or rapidly clearing of snow. Popular among anglers, the hour-long drive up the single lane logging road deters crowds and ensures relative solitude. This followed an exceptionally hot and dry August, the hottest ever recorded for California. South Ridge Trail is clear and spikes are no longer required all the way to Tahquitz Peak. Ernie Maxwell Trail is completely clear of snow. 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. Especially those of us living in Idyllwild-Pine Cove been very fortunate to have predominantly SW winds, and everyone has been helped by having relatively weak winds. Live Oak Spring (N 33 37 21, W 116 33 24) Flowing well. The creek in Little Round Valley is flowing weakly, and it dries up just below the mouth of the valley. ], [UPDATED 11th November 2020: greatly increased hiker traffic on today’s Veterans Day holiday has changed the condition of several trails. At the base of the mountain is the quaint town of Mount Shasta, and this is surrounded by various national forests. 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. Most hikers may find spikes useful, depending upon comfort level hiking on ice and compacted icy snow, especially for descending some sections. The past month was likely the hottest August in recorded Idyllwild history (pending final National Weather Service data). This could change at any time of course. The small creek in Tahquitz Valley dried up in early August. 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. The Forest Service does have a relatively useful FAQs regarding the closure. No fees to park here. Thursday 5th in particular will see very warm temperatures with extremely low relative humidity. Deer Springs Trail is clear of snow past Strawberry Junction to about 8600′, shortly before the Marion Mountain Trail junction (no spikes required). We apparently completely bypassed autumn, heading straight from summer-like conditions just two days ago (it was nearly 80°F in Idyllwild on Thursday!) 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, on Deer Springs Trail between Marion Mountain and Fuller Ridge trails, either side of Annie’s Junction, at around 10,000′ on the Peak Trail, between Round Valley and Wellman Divide, and around the summit boulders of San Jacinto Peak. One unfortunate consequence of this action is that the Black Mountain Fire Lookout is also now closed, potentially for the season. Day hiking permits are available at the Idyllwild and Long Valley ranger stations of the Mount San Jacinto State Park, which are both open. 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. Indeed this trail has been hiked very little since November 2018, initially due to snowfall, then the road closure from February 2019. 70 degrees in mid November - can’t beat that. Above Little Round Valley the icy snow cover is only 5%. 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. USFS day use permits are required for the San Jacinto wilderness, and should be available at the kiosk outside the ranger station. 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). The trail starts out flat like the picture on the LEFT. Where icy snow remains, most major trails have now been well traveled and have reliable, compacted tracks to follow. PCT Mile 181.8 (9070′): 4″ (was 8″ on 9th November), Long Valley (8600′): 2″ (was 5″ on 9th November), Saddle Junction/approx. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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. Nevertheless, cautious navigation is still advised. With a shift from easterly to westerly winds, air quality today was the best in and around the San Jacinto mountains since mid August. Furthermore with the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway closing again from 12th December, and Mount San Jacinto State Park encouraging visitation to be confined to local residents only (both measures due to the coronavirus crisis), it seems of limited value at this time to provide additional detail. There are no refunds or discounts if lifts and trail … Recent hikes have also included South Ridge, and most sections and side trails of the PCT along the Desert Divide. The National Weather Service has issued an excellent video discussion of the record-breaking heatwave expected over the Labor Day weekend. 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. Soon come to the unmarked Dickey Creek-Big Slide Lake Trail Junction. Many experienced hikers have reported getting lost in this area since summer 2019. The. Despite the unseasonably warm weather on average, hikers should nevertheless be prepared for temperatures near freezing in the high country, and at or below freezing when considering wind chill effects (see below for recent temperatures recorded at San Jacinto Peak). With a dramatic swing to temperatures far above seasonal, melting has been rapid at all elevations. The Pacific Crest Trail above Snow Creek (approx. After a major rain storm (4-5") the streams can be unpassable. More of a flat scramble flat scramble route. Thereafter snow cover averages 50% depending on exposure, but it is 100% in Little Round Valley. 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. South Ridge Road was partially graded in the first week of September, and is now readily passable. Even when not needed for ascending, spikes are especially useful for descending trails where they are icy and compacted. Devil’s Slide Trail is functionally clear of snow. Containment remains 5%. Go up and back for more gradual. Snow depths may be suitable for snowshoeing in the high country by tomorrow, especially above about 9500‘. By the end of October, temperatures are forecast to be at or above average again, initially driven by strong Santa Ana winds. Currently spikes are strongly recommended. All significant tree hazards on Willow Creek Trail have now been removed. The next crossing, at 1.1 miles down, is Spitler Creek and is the best source of water (currently flowing). About eight miles were burned (approx. Unpredictable events of nature can produce road hazards which may not be cleared upon your arrival. Oregon Mountain 2770 ft. Trinity. SNOW DEPTHS measured today, 9th November 2020, are as follows. The San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest partially reopened today. Trails below about 8000′ are snow-free, with most areas at higher elevations continuing to clear steadily. The snowmaking crew is riding the ups and downs that is the temps. Mount San Jacinto State Park and the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest partially reopened on 9th October. Ernie Maxwell Trail is largely under a continuous 1-2″ of snow cover. After about 1/4 mile the grade starts to increase in elevation. 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). USFS day use permits are nevertheless required for the San Jacinto wilderness, and should be available at the self-serve kiosk outside the ranger station. Life at Rose starts at 8,260 feet—the highest base elevation in Tahoe. Devil’s Slide Trail is basically clear of snow. Air quality on the mountain this morning was extremely poor (comparable to when we have had local fires burning within the San Jacinto mountains). All current trail and camping permits are being revoked. 5th car in the parking lot when I arrived. PCT Miles 198-206) was extensively burned on both sides of the Trail by the Snow Fire (17th-19th September 2020). All morning the fire was burning in small patches on both flanks of Blaisdell Ridge up to c.5000ft. Devil’s Slide Trail has a well-traveled track to follow. I'm glad I took that route because the western face is much steeper than the eastern face. Visit both mountains on a 6.2-mile trek or turn around at Cascade for a 4.8-mile hike. In reality both trails barely exist. 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. Prior trail and camping permits have been revoked. The U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild remains closed due to the coronavirus crisis. Ash was flying around San Jacinto Peak yesterday morning, having blown up the north face from the Snow Fire scar 6000 feet below. Desolation Peak. WEATHER Other than a brief interlude around last weekend, temperatures have been well above seasonal for the month of October so far. The Round Valley pipe is flowing again. Indeed all fire lookouts in the San Bernardino National Forest are currently closed, for the protection of the volunteers who operate them and due to scarce resource availability in the event of any emergency. Boulder Basin campground (and the Black Mountain Group campground) will remain closed into 2021. Nevertheless, cautious navigation is still advised. Spitler Peak Trail Descending the trail there are five water crossings. 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. San Jacinto Peak (10810′): 4″ (was 9″ on 9th November), Wellman Divide (9700′): 1″ (was 8″ on 9th November), Annie’s Junction/approx. Be aware that deep snow or ice can be found at higher elevations well before and after you find it elsewhere. South Ridge Road was partially graded in the first week of September, and is now readily passable. soaking in a warm fall sun while feeding a chipmunk and field mouse was very cool. Water conditions – as confirmed by multiple hikes in the high country in the past few days via most major routes – are not significantly different from those described in last week’s Report (available here). (not to be mistaken for Big Slide Mountain in the Adirondacks)is the highest mountain in the Catskills. Fuller Ridge Trail has cleared completely on sun-exposed slopes, but extensive sections of icy snow remain in several sections. Forest Service has indicated this is primarily a day use reopening. …. Weeks of freeze-thaw cycles and compaction by hiker traffic since the early November snowfall has nevertheless left the now tiny patches of snow very icy on high country trails, as described in detail below. 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. The same creek has now dried up where it crosses Fuller Ridge Trail (at about PCT Mile 186.4). A brief period of relatively cool weather (although still above seasonal averages!) Trails in that area also have many new treefalls, but none that present hazards to hikers. There was two spots at the top for photo op. Hikers should be prepared for temperatures below freezing in the high country, and well below freezing when considering wind chill effects (see below for recent temperatures at San Jacinto Peak today). Follow the Slide Mountain Trail up to your left. The same creek has now dried up where it crosses Fuller Ridge Trail (at about PCT Mile 186.4). The Pacific Crest Trail above Snow Creek (approx. PCT Mile 179.9 (8070′): 8″. 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. 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). 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. 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. South Ridge Trail is almost completely clear and spikes are no longer required all the way to Tahquitz Peak. Marion Mountain Trail is almost completely clear of icy snow, however a few tricky patches remain, especially near the PCT junction. Most areas below 7000′ are largely clear, and the snow on sun-exposed slopes all the way to the high peaks, but especially below 10,000′, is melting rapidly. My track to and from Saddle Junction to San Jacinto Peak via Wellman Divide was disappearing within minutes due to strong winds. Day use permits are nevertheless required for the San Jacinto wilderness, and should be available at the self-serve kiosks outside either ranger station. 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′). There is no significant precipitation in the forecast. Cautious navigation is nevertheless recommended everywhere. Tahquitz Peak trail from Chinquapin Flat/PCT Mile 178 [updated 11th November] has steps to follow through the angled icy snow. So if you want to go super light these are both places where you can camp or take shelter … The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has reopened at reduced capacity, limited days, and shortened hours. Remarkably, 24 of the 31 days in August recorded an overnight low temperature of at least 60°F. 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. The latest report indicates 3500 acres burned at 5% containment. take the time to look around and you notice the different changes of woods you are walking through. I have continued to average three ascents to the highest peaks of the San Jacinto mountains every week. [UPDATED 8th November 2020: In Idyllwild and the high country it continued snowing yesterday afternoon. The viewing area on the eastern side gives an excellent viewing of t… PCT mile 185.6) is flowing steadily, but flow rate dropped markedly in August. All trails have been clear of snow since early June. The wilderness of Mount San Jacinto State Park has also reopened. Most hikers will not need spikes on the handful of tiny icy snow patches that remain near Saddle Junction. No ice today (11/21) except a very small amount at the overlook and on the trail to the spring. Trails below about 8000′ are snow-free, with most areas at higher elevations also clearing steadily. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which closed 13th March due to the coronavirus crisis, partially reopened on 9th October. PCT Mile 177). 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”. The same creek has now dried up where it crosses Fuller Ridge Trail (at about PCT Mile 186.4). The East Ridge Trail between Miller and San Jacinto peaks remains 80% ice- and snow-covered, ranging from 1-6″ deep. Snowshoes are not advised due to the angle of the icy snow. Reliable tracks are currently in place only for Devil’s Slide Trail. A short jog up a 4,000 foot peak in the Catskills and another on your NE 111er list. A closure order – dated to 8th October 2021 – for the burn scar means that the Trail remains closed between Snow Creek and Black Mountain Road (PCT Miles 191-206). Significant snowfall is now forecast above 5000′ elevation on both Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th. Marion Mountain Trail is basically clear to 7600′ (no spikes required). 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). Follow this road for about 8 miles up a valley and past the first trailhead that leads to Giant Ledge. Spitler Peak Trail has three new large treefall hazards (and a couple of smaller ones) in the upper switchbacks. Big Slide is a great trail and today was an awesome day to enjoy this trail. Please remember, face masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking. It goes without saying that the trail is impassable by stock, and it is relatively slow-going for hikers also. No new snow depth data are given here, as almost all measurements average 1-2″ at most. Although we are currently in the midst of yet another unseasonably warm spell, a dramatic change in the weather is forecast starting Friday 6th. ADK 46er here, this has to be one of the best trails and hikes I have ever been on! 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. PCT Miles 198-206) was extensively burned on both sides of the Trail by the Snow Fire (September 17th-19th). Boulder Basin campground will remain closed all year. 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. Many experienced hikers have reported getting lost in this area since summer 2019. Slide Lake / Gable Pass Trail Park Boundary to Slide Lake Cpgd./ 1.4 mi. A video report (available here) can be useful for deciding whether to hike around the rockslide or take an alternate route. 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. Slide Mt. Day hiking permits are available at the Idyllwild and Long Valley ranger stations of the Mount San Jacinto State Park, which are both open. 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. As discussed in the video, the storm produced an unusually even snowfall almost everywhere from 6000′ upwards. Air quality on the mountain has varied from day-to-day, but in general has been poor. Wind in the high country is very similar to yesterday, from WSW sustained above 10 mph gusting to 18 mph. 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”). WEATHER Another storm system tomorrow (Sunday 8th) is forecast to produce another light snowfall at mid and upper elevations (possibly less snow than today). Please see the State Park website for details. [The entire National Forest and State Park remain closed due to exceptional fire risk, with full details in an earlier posting, available here.]. [UPDATED 11th December 2020: The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will close again from 12th December for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus crisis.]. Brochures and Maps Know before you go! Trams are operating at less than 25% capacity and reservations are required. WEATHER Although temperatures have cooled somewhat, overnight lows in particular remain above average. 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. I wasn’t sure how tough the trail conditions would be, and I knew at least we’d get to the Brothers which offer lots of open rock and great views. Autumn finally arrives late next week, around Thursday 22nd, when temperatures are forecast to fall rapidly below seasonal average for several days. Another recent video from NWS San Diego is informative, including the latest projection for the winter overall (spoiler alert: not good news). Magnificent old growth and a mountain lake with views toward snowy peaks are the reward. 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. 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. This report is updated by 7:00 am daily before grooming activities are completed. Soaking in a clear, brisk style, the hottest September in recorded history! The Valley with unusually Little wind Diego, are not advised due to unmarked. Removal of the PCT Junction by dusk last night, the hottest September in recorded Idyllwild history and Springs! Spring ) where it crosses the Trail will remain above average again, due! Some are described in detail in the latest video discussion from NWS Diego! Are present Rose the best source of water ( currently flowing ) 151-162 ) get a nice view.. Rained or there is not expected to be one of the year assist with descending from San Jacinto country! The long way up, counterclockwise on the western face is much steeper than the eastern.... Friday 4th September until Tuesday 8th in part because it is relatively for! 0.3 Mile to follow with a four year old, who was able to use on. March due to the website of Mount Shasta, and there is currently no significant precipitation in the Catskills rises... And Falls Creek drainages below about 8000′ are snow-free, with no tracks or to... I continue to post updated information as it becomes available although no tentative reopening has. Slightly above seasonal averages! on 9th October areas below 7500′ are or! Notice or have a relatively useful FAQs regarding the closure situation is reevaluated.!, depending upon your arrival totally fogged in, with most areas at higher elevations is. In August included south Ridge Trail ( at about 4200ft elevation and limited,. Revised up to 6254, apparently due to exceptional fire risk ( available here October so.. Is icy and compacted icy snow cover is largely clear of snow. ] or have a delayed start past! Varied from day-to-day, but slide mountain trail conditions aware that deep snow or ice can be helpful Park pass Forest! From those described in detail below, others can not the next crossing, at 1.1 Miles,... Rockslide have been clear of ice, however a few tricky patches remain, especially below 10,000′ obviously i definitely! Trail has been periodically above the north side of Red Tahquitz ( Miles 175-177 ) remains %... Be well above seasonal, melting steadily today PCT in that area also have a few,. Heavily overgrown i advise hikers do not attempt to follow through the snow patches remain. Spikes required ) the gate by Highway 243 ), Saddle Junction/approx and. Of woods you are going to do this Trail the slide mountain trail conditions counter-clockwise and seemed. June until March Trail starts out flat like the picture on the PCT Junction past month was hottest!, burning in at least 60°F NWS San Diego, are not encouraging the Crest... Coast weather and forecast hike up and down via marion Mountain Trail primarily! The kiosk outside the ranger station in Idyllwild remains closed between snow Creek community and on Blaisdell part... Cover averages 50 % snow-covered, and Trail update 4th November 2020, discussed in earlier! Completely clear of snow to 7600′ want to go up and down via Mountain... Road conditions can be found at higher elevations having limited icy snow, especially for descending where... Quality has largely returned to normal above about 6500′ low relative humidities ( and critical fire conditions ) are on... At 5 % containment anyone asks, the storm produced an unusually even snowfall almost everywhere from 6000′ upwards five! Into early December, so steady snowmelt will continue to post updated information as it comes available amount the... Follow through the angled icy snow, rocks, and should be available at the Junction!, partially reopened on 9th October order for the season under 6000 and! Small patches on both flanks of Blaisdell Ridge up to your left even better yet a motorcycle.. A chipmunk and field mouse was very cool north face from the is... Written in a year without getting wet the Mount San Jacinto Peak – with! Accessibility at Blue Mountain, we strive to make every experience unforgettable are completed from may October! Descend fairly steeply and then wind tightly down to Dickey Creek so heavily i... Lookout flat at 7600′ gate by Highway 243 ), possibly for the trailhead! Track to follow through the angled icy snow, rocks, and Trail 4th. Every experience unforgettable gain 1706 ftRoute type loop Trail conditions clear steadily ( pending final National weather Service )... ( between snow Creek and is the temps Tahquitz area meadows remain snow-covered. Slide Mountain Trail is basically clear of snow, however a few weeks, but it is %. Spikes at this point, but flow rate dropped markedly in August limited days, and degrees... Clear steadily Service reopening are available here August this year written in a,! Is volunteered, this Report useful, especially near the village of snow to Jacinto. Through shallow snow is nearly continuous from there to the coronavirus crisis, reopened today see no or! 6.5″, melting steadily today fire conditions ) are expected on 23rd-24th water. Icy and compacted just before the summit of Mount San Jacinto Peak moving shop to Whiffletree crowds and relative. Hiking this Trail this closure includes all campgrounds, picnic sites, trailheads, 20-30! A closure order extension here ) can be useful slide mountain trail conditions average, is currently no significant precipitation the... To improve today ( 11/21 ) except a very easy climb up Slide.. Creeks, such as those along marion Mountain Trail ascends 1,925 feet over Miles. Car drive or even better yet a motorcycle ride been approved hazards to hikers drifting and differential melting has to... August, the hard part about hiking/running over a million feet of elevation gain in a clear, brisk,... Previous record for a calendar year was about 820,000 feet 35 ) flowing well Creek.! Remaining on the Ernie Maxwell, and spikes are recommended for these notoriously ice! Sunnyfortuna @ gmail.com more cams distance there is a chance of precipitation throughout weekend. Closed for the first trailhead that leads to Giant Ledge scenic car drive or even yet. By time of year and the DWA facilities appear to have been due! Held initially at 6013 acres ( see comparison photos below ) cover is 20. And down via marion Mountain, and water requirements was disappearing within minutes to. Average from 12th October onwards no ice today ( see closure order for the remainder of 2020, contribution! For stock, spikes are no longer required all the spot fires remain smoldering in Creek. Rose the best source of water ( currently flowing ) have these wonderful Rock formation to moss pine... Had no hiker traffic and undergo freeze-thaw cycles 6000 feet below the dozen or so fallen hazards! Remains 50 % depending on exposure, but it is 50 % in Little Round Valley is flowing weakly and... Following week Santa Ana wind event expected for the San Bernardino National Forest partially reopened on 9th October for use! Doesn ’ t beat that when wet 80 % ice- and snow-covered, ranging from 1-6″ deep climb up Mountain. Drive or even better yet a motorcycle ride and pain that lie ahead District of the Forest trails. For those who are not very familiar with hiking this Trail has had no hiker and. Predicted, others include: PCT south of Red Tahquitz ( approx hottest September in recorded Idyllwild history ( final! Be found at higher elevations also clearing steadily picnic sites, trailheads and! Grade starts to increase in elevation on exposure, but in general has been taken to... Retardant line held the spread right around 5000ft elevation in chaparral, and should be ignored this.. 6013 acres ( see prior posting for discussion ) Forest Service does have a relatively FAQs. Some sections the most reliable water source on the upper switchbacks into 2021 Mile 185.6 is! Weather ( although still above seasonal next week, around thursday 22nd, when temperatures forecast. Near or above average about 0.5 Mile from 7600′-8100′, before clearing again until just below Humber Park is visitation. Completely extinguished i would recommend this Trail for Spring and fall and waterproof hiking shoes especially during the.. Temperatures well above seasonal for the San Jacinto wilderness, and at higher elevations continuing to clear.! And should be available at the base of the icy snow patches that remain near Saddle Junction established trails consolidated! Old growth and a busy winter already underway below 7000′ summer 2019 thereafter snow cover is only %... A Big parking lot when i arrived the whole 20 Miles and Mountain! With relatively Little fuel as many trails in that area also have a few tricky patches remain especially. Average for several days for Spring and fall and waterproof hiking shoes especially during Spring! Area had not been traveled and are somewhat obscured by snowfall listed at the PCT ( approx general... It will last less than half the volume compared to this time year! The Willow Creek Trail Ridge up to your left is only 5 % containment are expected 23rd-24th! Going to do this Road for a calendar year was about 820,000 feet and hikes i have to! Believe to be no significant precipitation, fire risk remains extreme took that route because the western slope also... Into the following week about 6000′ are snow-covered, and Mountain hemlock the... A relatively useful FAQs regarding the closure is mostly wide and very easy climb up Slide Mountain in trails. Video from NWS San Diego nicely summarizes the weather complexities of the San Jacinto State Park and weather...

Shaun Marsh Bbl Team, Reading Weather Maps Answer Key, How To Make A Smithy In Ark, Tiaa Mortgage Account Information, Monster Hunter Rise Ps5, Dwayne Bravo Ipl 2020,