The Mountain Fire in 2013 destroyed almost 28,000 acres of forest in the San Jacinto area south of Idyllwild. It closed a section of the Pacific Crest Trail that nearly three years later has yet to reopen. It also burned several structures and has closed a significant part of the San Jacinto Wilderness area. I am grateful that I'd been able to hike in the area before the fire and saddened by the memory of what was lost. This is one of my favorite hikes I've ever done and I don't know when I'll be able to do it again, if ever. I know the mountain will recover one day. I only hope I'm around to see it.