As many of the roads are opening to access various trailheads leading into the Golden Trout Wilderness, this does not mean it is safe to start hiking the trail. Why? Well reports of rivers “raging” and flowing “exceptionally higher than normal” can pose a threat to those needing to cross. The threat could be your life!
Currently the trails that are reported to have these issues are the Long Meadow Trail (SQF) that crosses the North Fork Middle Fork Tule River near Shake Camp and the Little Kern River at the base of the Forks of the Kern Trail (SQF). If you plan on taking these routes, please be warned that water levels may still be extremely dangerous to impossible to cross. Higher than normal snow packs still remain at higher elevations. Snow melt is occurring, thus creating higher and later than normal runoff for this time of year.
If you have entered into the wilderness this season or will in the future and discover trails impeded by high or dangerous flows, please report it. It may save ones life and/or assist in changing one plans for the better. Thanks all and be safe!