Fire and rain damaged Mt. San Jacinto State Park near Palm Springs Tram

July 26th, 2013 | by Skip Descant | Comments
Sequoia National Park 'Scorpion 2' firefighter Javier Madrigal mops up a Mountain Fire hot spot on a slope near Apple Canyon on Monday, July 22, 2013. (Denise Goolsby, The Desert Sun)

Sequoia National Park ‘Scorpion 2′ firefighter Javier Madrigal mops up a Mountain Fire hot spot on a slope near Apple Canyon on Monday, July 22, 2013. (Denise Goolsby, The Desert Sun)

Some of the hiking trails in the Mount San Jacinto State Park have been damaged, either by fire or heavy rain, park officials confirmed Friday.

“I have heard that the trails were hit pretty hard and will be in need of repair,” wrote Paul Reisman, a superintendent with the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness, in a report to officials with the state park and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Most of the damage is in the Round Valley area, which is about 1.5 miles from the Mountain Station of the tramway.

The mountain fire that raged through more than 27,500 acres of mountainside last week is now 92 percent contained. Fire crews are continuing to fight the fire. Extreme terrain at the northwest corner of the fire perimeter is hampering fireline construction, and as a result, the fire containment date is now Tuesday, July 30, according to a report by the San Bernardino National Forest.

The Palm Springs tramway is open, however visitors are only allowed to the observation decks and cannot wander into the park areas.

“We still have a lot of untouched areas that were completely burn free,” Reisman said of the park lands. “Others show burn areas as well as water damage on trails and in Round Valley.  Much of the work done a few years ago will need to be touched up.”

The two developed campgrounds, Idyllwild and Stone Creek are open again to the public.

 

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