Oregon Trail Closure

Lionshead Fire on Mount Jefferson, Oregon

Updated 8/15/22 at 2:52 PM

The PCT remains closed for 8.4 miles with no detours between Forest Road 4220 near Breitenbush Lake (mile 2040.3) to near Triangle Lake north of Olallie Lake (~mile 2048.7) on Mount Hood National Forest. We hope the trail fully opens soon.

On August 15, 2022, the PCT reopened on Willamette National Forest between Hunts Creek Trail #3440 and Forest Road 4220.

There’s no walkable detour around the closed portion of Mount Hood National Forest. Please note that Road 4220 between Breitenbush Lake and Olallie Lake remains closed. Nor can you walk Road 4220 towards the west as that puts you on Road 46 which is still closed on Mount Hood National Forest.

Northbounders will still 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. 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).

Thank you to all involved in reopening the PCT!

Thank you to the volunteers and Forest Service staff who worked tirelessly as soon as the snow melted to get the trail cleared and ready for hikers. Thank you to PCTA Stewards Stacey Lee, Beth Dayton, Andrea Bayliss, and Arden Corey and PCTA Crew Leader Tom Brauner for all their time and effort recruiting and leading crews in the closure as well as all the volunteers who worked on their crews! Thank you to the Cascade Volunteers who helped us so much! Thank you to Eric Gjonnes, Detroit Ranger District Wilderness, Trails, and Winter Recreation Manager, for his leadership and coordination, and thank you to the SRZ Trail Crew for all their time and work!

This has been a huge collaborative effort between Forest Service staff, crews, and volunteer groups. Thank you everyone who helped for your dedication, time, and energy!