August 10, 2011

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There’s a good chance we won’t get the PCT fully logged out on the Cle Elum Ranger District this year. Every time the rangers check on a stretch of the trail as it comes out from under snow, there seem to be a ton of down logs.

In the last week they’ve found a second log jumble about 4 miles north of Snoqualmie Pass that will probably require more blasting, as well as about 40 down logs between Waptus Lake and Deep Lake. Plus there’s about 40 miles of the trail they haven’t even seen yet (out of the 72 in the district). PCTA crew North 350 Blades have been working hard on the section south of Snoqualmie Pass, but there is a lot more to go. Hikers should expect to be climbing over some logs, and horsemen, frankly, should not even try it this year.