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    • #6011
      shawnsisler
      Participant

      The closure has expired 3/31.

      Now SGW is completely open except John Meadow Camp which there is no overnight permit currently.

      Trails very effected: Forsee Creek, John Meadow and San Bernardino Peak.

      Camps slightly effected: Jackstraw Spring & Limber Pine Bench.

      Camps not damaged: Trail Fork Spring, Anderson Flat, Shields Flat, High Meadow Springs & Red Rock Flat.

      Camps closed or very damaged: John Meadow, Columbine Spring & Mt Home Flat.

      SGWA volunteer

    • #6012
      shawnsisler
      Participant

      Forsee Trail Map:

      ForseeCreekTrailFireSurvey

      • #6026
        Ted_S
        Participant

        Great to have the map of the burned areas along the branch of Forsee that heads to the summit ridge.  What is the status of the lower branch that heads to Johns Meadow, and particularly of the area alongside Forsee Creek?

    • #6013
      shawnsisler
      Participant

      San Bernardino Peak Trail Map:

      SBpeakTrailBurnMap

    • #6015
      MikeH
      Participant

      Excellent info and great, detailed notes on the map.  Thanks Shawn!

    • #6027
      shawnsisler
      Participant

      Ted S,

      The John Meadow Camp isn’t currently available for overnight.

      The complete John Meadow Trail is in bad shape and SGWA trailcrew will be working on it this Saturday 04/09. It will take several trailcrews to get the trail decent again. The trail was effected by fire and mud slides which has made it hard to distinguish the trail in places.

      Just be very careful if you decide to hike this trail and have a good map and gps!

      SGWA volunteer

       

    • #6028
      Ted_S
      Participant

      Are nearly all of the trees burned along the Johns Meadow Trail?

      How about in the area along the sides of Forsee Creek?  Did the fire burn down to the creek?

      Is the Forsee Creek/Johns Meadow area more readily accessible from Manzanita Flat, or is that trail in equally bad (or worse) shape?

    • #6030
      shawnsisler
      Participant

      The trace trail from Manzanita Flats is worse. It was faint to begin with and is even hard to fine from the junction which the sign burned completely.

      ColumbineSpringJunction

    • #6031
      shawnsisler
      Participant

      Tried submitting a group of John Meadow Trail pics but not come though.

      Here is trail washout:

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    • #6033
      Ted_S
      Participant

      Have you surveyed the Momyer Trail starting down from San Bernardino East Peak?

      How much fire damage is there along the length of the Momyer Trail through to San Bernardino East Peak?

    • #6034
      shawnsisler
      Participant

      The San Bernardino Peak ridge was spared for the most parts. The trace trail down to Momyer hasn’t been maintained for some time now but once you get down about 2 miles it is pretty decent to Momyer/Falls Creek trail junction. And as far as I know it wasn’t effect by the fire at all.

    • #6029
      shawnsisler
      Participant

      John Meadow Trail pics:

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    • #6036
      chris in redlands
      Participant

      Johns Meadow trail isn’t the cakewalk it once was. Anywhere the outflow of a decent sized drainage basin crosses the trail, flooding has cut 10 to 15 foot gullies where the trail once had a mellow contour. Tread is in rough shape just east of forsee creek. Admirable maintenence efforts all along the trail. Will be curious to see if the wall of orchids and lilies above forsee survived the fire. Much did not, for sure.

    • #6064
      hiker girl
      Participant

      Friends did a survey hike Sat 4/9/22 up the Forsee Creek Trail to Anderson.  Icy snow was on the switchbacks so they ended up doing a steep cross-country route up burned out drainages to the Divide trail, tagged Anderson and came back same route.  Area was burned/many trees down; they said they got some interesting looks coming out to the parking area, being that they were covered black with ash.

      So sad; that Forsee loop was so so pretty; one of my favorites!  And yes, Chris, the flowers were magnificent!  Hopefully the seed bank was not destroyed.

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