Oregon Trail Closure

Lionshead Fire on Mount Jefferson, Oregon

The PCT is closed from the northern intersection of Trail 3440 north of Pamelia Lake (mile ~2027) on the Willamette National Forest to near Triangle Lake north of Olallie Lake (~mile 2048.7) on the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Damage from the Lionshead fire was extensive and has not been fully assessed. Roads and trails in this area are still closed to the public.

The Willamette and Mount Hood National Forests are anticipating the closure will need to remain in effect well into the summer, and possibly longer.

There’s no walkable detour. Northbounders will need to get off the PCT at the Pamelia Lake Trail in the Mt Jefferson Wilderness and arrange a 150+ mile ride. For easier logistics, you may want to get off earlier at Santiam Pass. Due to the risk of Covid-19 transmission this will be difficult. Hitchhiking and carpooling are not recommended. Getting around the closure will likely mean going through Redmond to the east or Stayton to the west. From Sisters, Oregon, Cascade East Transit runs to Redmond, and from there the Central Oregon Breeze runs to Government Camp, passing the PCT near Frog Lake. These are high-speed highways with little to no shoulder, so again, walking is not recommended. Some people may look to rejoin the PCT at Timothy Lake, (Joe Graham Trailhead on NF-42).

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