Norse Peak Fire near Mt. Rainier, Washington

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November 27th, 2017

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed for 16.2 miles from the Fog City Trail #967 at Bear Gap (~ mile 2327.5) to the north boundary of Norse Peak Wilderness (~ mile 2343.7).

The Norse Peak Fire started during a lightning storm on August 11, 2017. That storm ignited 13 fires within the Naches Ranger District of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington.

The trail closure is composed of two separate orders because the cascade crest is also the boundary between the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie NF and the Okanogan Wenatchee NF.

In Spring 2018, after the snow has melted, we’ll work with the U.S. Forest Service in the area to scout the trail, assess whether it needs to remain closed and what we can recommend for a detour. We’ll update this page as soon as we have a recommendation.

Seattle Public Utility staff sent us the following important note:
PLEASE get the message out to the thru-hiker community that the PCT closure in WA state, due to the Norse Peak Fire, does not allow hiking on/in the Cedar River Watershed. The Cedar River Watershed is owned by the City of Seattle (90,000+ acres) and is the unfiltered water source for almost a million people. Trespass onto City property is a misdemeaner and heavily enforced. Hikers are ending up near Ravensdale WA with almost no options to get back to the trail. Going NW through the Green Watershed is bascially a dead-end without walking along major highways (Highway 18 to 90).
Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton