With Mt. San Jacinto’s upper north face (especially Fuller Ridge) still with heavy snow cover and Highway 243 closed north of Idyllwild, I opted to warn the increasing number of thru hikers passing by my place about the dangers and options.
2019 looks to be another record-setting year for number of northbound PCT thru hikers. Here are the number of daily permits for the Southern Terminus issued, as of 3pm PT on March 1.
I had an opportunity to chat with the first person so far in 2019 who started at the Southern Terminus and identified himself as a PCT thru hiker. With lots of snow ahead on the trail in the SoCal portion of the PCT, this will be a tough year for anyone trying to get through to the Mojave this early.
Good luck, Roundup!
After the “Pineapple Express” dropped six inches of rain on the PCT near Anza, the temperature dropped and the precipitation turned to snow. I dug my ancient snow shoes out of storage
and headed off up the trail.
Depending on location, there was 5-8 inches of snow. Mt San Jacinto showed a coat of white in the distance.
Some manzanita appeared to have bloomed a bit early.
(Manzanita is very hardy, so I bet this plant will rebloom once the cold recedes.)
My hiker oasis also sported a coat of white.
I was the only one on the trail, but, on the return leg, the snow was already starting to turn to mush on southern exposures, so we should be back to mostly bare soil within a few days.