Northern California Trail Closure

River Complex Fires and McCash Fire in Klamath National Forest

Updated 9/22 at 11:10 AM The middle part of this closure has reopened, but large areas are still closed.

The PCT is closed from Scott Mountain Summit (mile 1560) to the southern boundary of the Russian Wilderness (mile 1585.5) and then again from the junction with the Red Rock Trail no. 5538 near Shelly Meadows (mile 1611) to Hwy 96 in Seiad Valley (mile 1654.) The ~26 miles between those two areas have reopened, and can be accessed from Etna Summit (mile 1600.)

There are numerous lightning-caused fires west of the PCT in Klamath National Forest. They are being managed as the River Complex Fire. The largest and most active fire in the complex, the Haypress Fire, has burned across the PCT around mile 1570. Farther north, the McCash Fire has burned across the trail around mile 1633.

At this time, it is not possible to leave the trail by going north on Hwy 3 at Scott Mountain Summit (mile 1560) due to evacuations in the town of Callahan. Northbound hikers can either leave the trail earlier at Castle Crags State Park or get a ride south from Scott Mountain Summit, although the latter option would mean a very long detour for anyone looking to get back on trail again north of the closure. If evacuation orders are lifted for Callahan, the town of Etna is to the north along Highway 3 and has bus connections to larger towns via the Siskiyou STAGE Bus Line. Unfortunately, the Siskiyou STAGE route to Seiad Valley is currently suspended. Siskiyou STAGE posts their schedules on their Facebook page. Southbound hikers should leave the trail at Seiad Valley.