The Rangers said that because the area is so rugged and remote, they will be leaving the body of the horse that fell off this trail in place to naturally decompose. Trail users will smell the odor in this area for a few more weeks.
The picture shows where the horse slipped off the Pioneer Express Trail, and that the trail is clear for passage. The trail is stable and clear.
According to the Sterling Pointe Facebook page, some riders have gone up to the area today, and said it was passible. The edge of the trail where the horse turned around and slipped was visible, but the trail bed looks stable. This is a report from public riders, not State Parks. Rider is OK.
TRAIL SAFETY AWARENESS
There are many areas on the Pioneer Express trail and the connecting Western States Trail where it is unsafe for a horse to turn around. The Pioneer Express trail is single file, narrow, cliffy, and steep. There are areas where you may go 1/4 mile where there is no place for a horse to safely turn around. Each person has to evaluate their own experience if that type of trail is safe for them and their horse.
There is a map and pictures here below show what is typical of the Pioneer Express Trail in those areas.
PREVIOUS POST 4/26/19
Pease avoid or the area from Sterling Pointe to Rattlesnake Bar. Trail is going to be checked for stability. Horse attempting to turn around fell about 1/2 mile from Horseshoe Bar, going north, just after the rocky narrow part of the trail.