The purpose of the San Jacinto Trail Report is to improve hiker safety by providing accurate and detailed trail condition information for the San Jacinto mountains. The original focus was on those hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) – which forms the backbone of the trail system in these mountains – but it has expanded to year-round coverage of the entire formal trail system.
As someone heavily involved in local search-and-rescue, Jon felt it would be better to be proactive with informing hikers, rather than reactive with time-consuming, costly (and potentially dangerous) search-and-rescue missions. Feedback from local, state, and federal agencies, and from personal users of the site, suggests that the Report has been successful in this objective.
Jon started to pass trail condition information to local agencies in 2015, with the Report formalized as a hard copy handout for US Forest Service, Mt. San Jacinto State Park, and others, in 2017. The State Park now regularly links to the Report from their Facebook page, and the Report is heavily utilized by the Idyllwild Ranger Station of the San Bernardino National Forest.
The focus of the San Jacinto Trail Report shifts depending on season. In March to June, it is primarily focused on providing snow and weather information during the extremely busy northbound PCT season. Depending on the snowpack and rainfall in any given year, the summer and autumn emphasis is likely to be the status of springs and other water sources, which affects water availability for campers and hikers (and their dogs). Then in the winter (hopefully!) the focus is back to snow conditions. Other factors that may affect hiker or camper safety, such as forest fires, the presence of bears, or the forecast of unusual weather, are also discussed.
Jon is the most active hiker and mountaineer in the San Jacintos, hiking or running local trails seven days a week, exceeding 3000 miles and half-a-million feet of elevation gain annually. He holds a variety of arcane records for ascents of San Jacinto Peak. Jon has hiked and camped all over the World for 40 years, and in the San Jacintos for more than 20 years. He has been involved with multiple local search-and-rescue teams, is a certified Wilderness First Responder, has Level 1 Avalanche and Avalanche Rescue certifications, and is a volunteer fire lookout at both Tahquitz Peak and Black Mountain.
Accuracy and reliability are critical to the value of the Trail Report. All information on this website has been personally observed by Jon, or by one of a handful of very trusted sources. While we are interested in receiving additional trail information from other users (please use the Contact link), there is no guarantee that the information will be used on this site, and it is unlikely to appear until it has been verified.
The San Jacinto Trail Report is a completely volunteer project, and the product of many hundreds of hours (and hundreds of miles) of volunteer work annually. If you have found its content to be useful to you, and you would like to make a small financial contribution, please see the Donate page. Thank you.
All photos on this site Copyright Jon King 2014-2018.