San Jacinto County, TX has 3 police stations. The parking area is an rink of compacted icy snow and is treacherous for most vehicles. In addition to those, there are posthole tracks around the Tahquitz area meadows on Willow Creek and Caramba trails, to Chinquapin Flat and to Tahquitz Peak. At the Peak on Sunday 6th December 2020 at 0830 the air temperature was 41.6°F (5°C), with a windchill temperature of 39.7°F (4°C), 14% relative humidity, under calm conditions, with an occasional light and variable breeze gusting to 3 mph. The first two, at 0.9 and 0.95 miles down, cross a tiny side creek which is now largely dry and should be ignored. Great friend of the Trail Report Florian Boyd reports light drizzle in Palm Springs (less than 0.2″ total). 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. Details of the Forest Service reopening are available here. 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). 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, Deer Springs Trail between Marion Mountain and Fuller Ridge trails, either side of Annie’s Junction, around 10,000′ on the Peak Trail, between Round Valley and Wellman Divide, and around the summit of San Jacinto Peak. 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. In an especially challenging year, and with a busy winter already underway, every contribution is invaluable. All trails above about 5500′ are snow-covered. Other parts of the San Bernardino NF, as well as other national forests in Southern California, are included in the closure. PCT Mile 181.8 (9070′): 2.5″ (by 1215), Saddle Junction/approx. Hiking permits are available at the Idyllwild and Long Valley ranger stations. Day hiking permits are available at the Idyllwild and Long Valley ranger stations of the Mount San Jacinto State Park, which are both open. An impressive 14 inches had fallen in Idyllwild by late yesterday evening. 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). This is a brief update on conditions following the first snow storm of winter 2020/21. Trails above about 5500ft are largely snow-covered, with snow cover increasingly patchy below 7000ft depending on aspect. One central registry holds all vital data files. Idyllwild (at 5550′): 15.5 inches, melting slowly this afternoon. I recorded a short video on my hike to San Jacinto Peak this morning, which gives a feel for conditions in the high country. At the Peak on Friday 18th December 2020 at 0850 the air temperature was 17.3°F (-7°C), with a windchill temperature of -3.7°F (-20°C), 62% relative humidity, and a bitter NNE wind sustained at 15 mph gusting to 22.2 mph. There has been no visible sign of smoke or smoldering for the past few days, and containment percentage increases every day. The U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild remains closed due to the coronavirus crisis. For further information contact the State Park or Forest Service as indicated on their websites. Mixed news. The Forest Service closure of Dark Canyon Road continues, and there is no vehicular access to Seven Pines trailhead. There is no precipitation in the forecast. Mount San Jacinto State Park and the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest partially reopened on 9th October. South Ridge Trail is almost completely clear and spikes are no longer required all the way to Tahquitz Peak. Significant snowfall is now expected above 5000′ elevation on both Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th. San Jacinto Trail Report: available for everyone, funded by readers. There is no significant precipitation in the forecast. 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). Currently the USFS gate at Humber Park remains open. Although there is a spotter plane in the air, there is no active air attack, so I assume there is no significant flare-up in that area. Three people put in a (very ugly looking) posthole trail up Marion Mountain and Deer Springs trails to the Peak yesterday.]. The county’s name comes from the Battle of San Jacinto which, in 1836, secured Texas’ independence from Mexico and established a republic. See the State Park or Forest Service websites for further information. Local Crime News provides daily arrest log updates for every city and county in California. Live Oak Spring (N 33 37 21, W 116 33 24) Flowing well. That final ascent of 2020 was my 207th of the year, part of 1.24 million feet of elevation gain in 2020 (both records for the San Jacinto mountains). Seven Pines Trail has had no hiker traffic since the last snowfall, with no tracks or trail to follow. Icy snow cover is especially extensive 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). According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 571 square miles (1479 sq. All wilderness camping in the State Park is also prohibited. An extremely light drizzle was reported in some areas around Idyllwild-Pine Cove on Sunday 25th, with 0.02″ measured at 5550′ elevation. The largest city of San Jacinto County is Shepherd. On my descent this afternoon I was surprised to see no tracks other than my own up to Saddle Junction. Devil’s Slide Trail has a well-traveled track to follow. Hearing Impaired phone number for text messages: 713-469-1071 Currently very few no major trails have been traveled and most are obscured by significant snowfall. In an especially challenging year, and with a busy winter already well underway, every cont, If you have found this Report useful, please conside, If you have found this Report useful, please consid, Trail and weather update 22nd December 2020, While all labor and time is volunteered, this Report completely depends on small private donations to cover its direct costs. The Pacific Crest Trail above Snow Creek (approx. By this afternoon, melting was already underway below 5000′. 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. 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. SJCSO–Booking Report 05/24/2015 to 05/31/... 2015/06/01. All records with regards to these cases are obtained by the County Clerk. The snow consists of extremely fine, small grains, which is consequently drifting heavily. Forest Service has indicated this is primarily a day use reopening. South Ridge Road (open) is clear of ice. All developed campgrounds are now also closed (either seasonally, or due to the coronavirus crisis). Please see the State Park website for details. Temperatures in the high country will remain above average (i.e. Annie’s Junction/approx. There are no tracks emerging at Wellman Divide from Round Valley. Indeed all fire lookouts in the San Bernardino National Forest are currently closed, apparently for the protection of the volunteers who operate them and due to scarce resource availability in the event of any emergency. San Jacinto Peak (10810′): 4″ (was 9″ on 9th November), Wellman Divide (9700′): 1″ (was 8″ on 9th November), Annie’s Junction/approx. In San Jacinto County, and across Texas, the State Police are required by law to uphold an up-to-date registry of all sex-offenders in their jurisdiction. Radar suggests further heavy precipitation for at least the next hour. PCT Mile 179.9 (8070′): 8″. The Forest Service closure of Dark Canyon Road continues, and there is no vehicular access to Seven Pines trailhead. The trails around the Tahquitz area meadows remain surprisingly snow-covered in patches, especially around Skunk Cabbage and Little Tahquitz meadows. 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