Blanket Creek Fire in Sky Lakes Wilderness and Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

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August 16th, 2017

The Blanket Creek Fire is burning west of the Pacific Crest Trail in Sky Lakes Wilderness and the southern part of Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. The Spruce Lake Fire is burning just to the north. Together, now called the High Cascades Complex, they have closed much of the PCT in Crater Lake National Park.

In short, the only section of PCT open in the park is from North Entrance Road to Highway 138. That’s the northern part of the park. But the Rim Trail recently reopened, and that’s the most popular route around the lake.

We are told that signs have been posted at the southern end of this closure at the junction of the PCT and the Sevenmile Marsh Trail and that that would be the easiest and last place to bail off the PCT before the National Park.




Blanket Creek Fire is the southern one. Spruce Lake fire is the northern one.


Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton