[pct-l] Powerhouse Fire Closure
nobohiker at gmail.com
Sun Jan 29 17:02:14 CST 2017
I think I speak for everyone on this list here: THANK YOU for your and the Trail Gorillas hard work - it is very much appreciated!
I am glad to hear that great progress has been made. I called the Forest Service last week asking for a formal opening date but that is not known yet - I was promised to receive a call back once more is known.
> On Jan 25, 2017, at 11:00 AM, Mel Tungate <mel at tungate.com> wrote:
> The PCT is closed from mile 478.2 at San Francisquito Canyon Rd. north to approximately mile 492. Agua Dulce is at 454. So, you can stay with Donna, walk 24 miles north, and stay with the Andersons ( if they both are open ).
> The closed section has had an extensive amount of work ( I was part of the many many work crews of what is called the Trail Gorillas ). The trail in the closed section has been extensively rebuilt and cleaned up for all 14 miles. We ( they ) were close to saying it was ready - only a few sections need minor attention. The closed trail has been inspected after our hard rains ( and snow at the PCT level ), and a work crew is going out this weekend. Any additional rain / snow might put it off for a few weeks.
> The crews for part of the cleanup were joined by a trail machine - basically a small bobcat. That makes everything move very quickly.
> If you want my guess, probably early this year. But, I am a long way away from the chain of command. I am just a gorilla. My guess is just a guess.
> I have to drive 250 miles to get there, so I have only been there a few times.
> So, stay tuned.
> When the section from 478 to 492 is too snowed in, the gorillas cleaned the trail from 454 to 478, and also from 492 to 518. We relocated one small section, repaired multiple washed out sections, and just cleaned up the path in other places. Those sections have remained open. In addition, there is one hiker that goes out to those sections and works on his own almost every weekend until it gets too hot.
>> On Jan 24, 2017, at 10:48 PM, NoBo Hiker <nobohiker at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi PCT-L,
>> I have been waiting for a couple of years so I can hike the section north of Agua Dulce, CA and I am hoping to hike it this year, but the section is still listed as closed. Does anyone know more about the potential opening? I’ll probably call the Forest Service to find out more, but thought I might ask PCT-L first
>> Section Hiker Rick
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