The county seat of San Jacinto is Coldspring. This unprecedented step has been taken due to exceptional fire risk. San Jacinto County Jail & Sheriff Inmate Search. Both are so heavily overgrown I advise hikers do not attempt to follow them. WEATHER Although temperatures have cooled somewhat, overnight lows in particular remain above average. Icy snow cover averages 30% in Little Round Valley. Spikes are recommended for at least the next few days as established trails become consolidated by hiker traffic and undergo freeze-thaw cycles. Cautious navigation is strongly recommended everywhere. My track to and from Saddle Junction to San Jacinto Peak via Wellman Divide was disappearing within minutes due to strong winds. All developed campgrounds are now also closed (either seasonally, or due to the coronavirus crisis). This not only includes those living in the area, but those working, attending school, or incarcerated inside the jurisdiction. On the Ernie Maxwell Trail, the crossing of Chinquapin Creek just below Humber Park is dry again where it crosses the trail. Tahquitz Peak trail from Chinquapin Flat/PCT Mile 178 has no steps to follow through the steeply angled icy snow. The Pacific Crest Trail remains open at the rockslide just north of Antsell Rock (Mile 172.5). Above Wellman Divide depth was an inch, averaging 1.5″ above 10,500′. Snow on trails largely persists in traditional areas that are colder and/or less sun-exposed, such as the north face of Tahquitz Peak, in Little Round Valley, on Deer Springs Trail between Marion Mountain and Fuller Ridge trails, either side of Annie’s Junction, at around 10,000′ on the Peak Trail, between Round Valley and Wellman Divide, and around the summit boulders of San Jacinto Peak. With a shift from easterly to westerly winds, air quality today was the best in and around the San Jacinto mountains since mid August. Marion Mountain Trail is almost completely clear of icy snow, however a few tricky patches remain, especially near the PCT junction. Snow depths measured today are listed at the foot of this posting, but note that due to heavy drifting, snow is often deeper in the trails themselves. Fire risk remains extreme. A month of freeze-thaw cycles, plus compaction by hiker traffic, has left the limited patches of snow very icy on high country trails. Icy snow cover persists in the canyon of the North Fork crossing (PCT Mile 186), on heavily forested parts of the ridge crest around Mile 187, and on the north facing slope near the northern end (Miles 189.5-191). WEATHER After a long, hot summer, including much of October, we had a delightful, if brief, hint of winter, with temperatures falling to well below seasonal average over the past four days. Ephemeral creeks, such as those along Marion Mountain Trail, and Stone Creek and its tributaries on Deer Springs Trail, are all dry. The Trail on the north side of Red Tahquitz (Miles 175-177) remains 50% snow-covered, and spikes can be useful. Due to continuing severe fire risk, all wilderness and dispersed camping remains prohibited in both the Mount San Jacinto State Park and the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest, as does all stove use. It is also flowing very gently for a short distance further upstream at its source (known locally as Grethe Spring) where it crosses the PCT (approx. At San Jacinto Peak (10,810ft/3295m) on Monday 21st December 2020 at 0820 the air temperature was 37.7°F (3°C), with a windchill temperature of 29.5°F (-1°C), 38% relative humidity, and a light SE wind sustained at 6 mph gusting to 9.5 mph. Spikes are recommended for at least the next few days as established trails become consolidated by hiker traffic and undergo freeze-thaw cycles. The small creek in Tahquitz Valley dried up in early August. Devil’s Slide Trail at Humber Park (6550′): 8″ early this morning, already melted to 2-4″. If you have found this Report useful, please consider visiting the Donate page. All wilderness camping in the State Park is also prohibited. Encouraging news. Black Mountain Road was graded in June through to the Fuller Ridge campground. WEATHER Another storm system tomorrow (Sunday 8th) is forecast to produce another light snowfall at mid and upper elevations (possibly less snow than today). These icy slopes are treacherous. WEATHER Temperatures are forecast to remain below seasonal averages into the first week of January, with freezing conditions every night above about 5000ft. Snow melt will accelerate in the next few days, especially on sun-exposed slopes. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which closed 13th March due to the coronavirus crisis, partially reopened on 9th October. The next planned update will be early Tuesday morning. San Jacinto County Police Frequencies. Thanks to Florian Boyd for reporting snow down to 4800ft on Skyline (below Rescue 2). Trams are operating at greatly reduced capacity, reduced times, and limited days; see the Tramway website for full details. Ernie Maxwell Trail is completely clear of snow. Cautious navigation is strongly recommended everywhere. Currently spikes are recommended. Cloudy conditions at mid elevations in recent days failed to produce significant precipitation in the mountains. WEATHER Temperatures at all elevations are forecast to remain several degrees above seasonal for the first week of December. With an especially challenging year in 2020, every contribution is invaluable. About eight miles were burned (approx. Hikers should be prepared for temperatures near or below freezing in the high country, and well below freezing when considering wind chill effects (see below for temperatures recorded at San Jacinto Peak recently). At the Peak on Friday 11th December 2020 at 0840 the air temperature was 31.3°F (0°C), with a windchill temperature of 16.8°F (-8°C), 13% relative humidity, and a sharp NW wind sustained at 8 mph gusting to 21.8 mph. At the Peak on Thursday 31st December 2020 at 1150 the air temperature was 13.1°F (-11°C), with a windchill temperature of -6.9°F (-22°C), 93% relative humidity, and a steady NNW wind sustained at 10 mph gusting to 14.9 mph, with light snow falling. South Ridge Trail is almost completely clear and spikes are no longer required all the way to Tahquitz Peak. There continues to be no significant precipitation in the forecast. See where your nearest police station is, get the address and contact details. The U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Idyllwild remains closed due to the coronavirus crisis. I recorded a rambling video summary at San Jacinto Peak – complete with ice in the beard! Reliable tracks are currently in place only for Devil’s Slide Trail. Altitudes are approximate. 30755 Auld Rd Ste A Murrieta , CA (951) 696-3000. Find agency contact, demographics, type, population served and more. Some forest roads may remain closed. The police department's primary objective is to provide general law enforcement services to the City, ensuring safety and security for residents throughout the community, as well as specialized teams which proactively address issues specific to the community. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which has been closed since 13th March due to the coronavirus crisis, reopened today. No new snow depth data are given here, as almost all measurements average 1-2″ at most. A significant change in the forecast to unseasonably warm conditions at all elevations is already producing rapid melting at lower and mid elevations, and softening snow higher up. 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