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