Mountain Wildfire

We are saddened to learn of the wildfire through the San Jacinto/Idyllwild area. The Mountain Fire started at 1:43 PM on July 15, 2013 near the junction of Highway 243 and Highway 74. The Pacific Crest Trail is now closed from Highway 74 (mile 152) to Strawberry Junction (mile 183) near the San Jacinto State Park boundary. All of the trails connection to the Pacific Crest Trail are closed as well, including South Ridge Trail, Carumba Trail, Spitler Peak Trail, Fobes Trail, and Cedar Springs. This is exactly the entire trip we took, minus the 5 miles starting point south of Highway 74. We also took the Fobes trail to get water. In our Big Bear to Lake Arrowhead walk we hiked through remnants of past forest fires. It is eerie to do so. We wondered about the beauty we missed. We can imagine what this area will look like years to come. We absolutely feel fortunate to have seen the beauty this place had to offer before – just 9 days before! We don’t normally post so many pictures but felt compelled to share. We don’t know if the pictures will do this place justice. It was a hike that brought out the “WOW” and sometimes brought Patti to tears.

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This is the sign near mile 152, where the fire started.

Near mile 152

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Near top of Fobes trail

Near top of Fobes trail.

Having our water at Fobes now and looking forward to what's next.

Having our water at Fobes now and looking forward to what’s next.

San Jacinto

looking east to palm springs

This was our view to the west. Lake Hemet is on the background.

This was our view to the west. Lake Hemet is in the background.

This was one of our favorite spots on the trail- Fern Valley. The ferns were as tall as Patti's shoulders.

This was one of our favorite spots on the trail – Fern Valley. The ferns were as tall as Patti’s shoulders.

miles of ferns

Where's Patti?

Where’s Patti?

saddle junction

Saddle Junction where you have, had, lots of options to travel. The fire ends about here.

on wellmans divide

Remnants of a fire near Big Bear years before.

Remnants of a fire near Big Bear years before.

For up-to-date information on the Mountain Fire, please visit this link: http://inciweb.org/incident/3516/.

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2 thoughts on “Mountain Wildfire

  1. Hello, Elana. Of the roughly 235 miles of the PCT that we’ve completed, we have hiked a whole lot of burn area. The fires turn the region into a blackened, ashy mess, and we’ve often said along the way that we are tired of it. But what is remarkable, as you pointed out, is that nature does take care of herself. The rebirth begins almost immediately and the green growth peeks out of the black soil. It does take years to complete. But to witness the infancy of the rebirth is also quite amazing.

    Best to you.

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