snow pack too deep to find trail – Deschutes National Forest

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July 12th, 2017
By: Rachel Guthrie

As of last week, the initial PCT section of the Diamond Peak Loop (after cutting over from Yoran Lake) was covered in at least 6-10 feet of snow and we had to turn back before even reaching our first night to camp. Those experienced at using GPS and who have appropriate snow gear might succeed but we did not (we were stopping every 10 minutes to consult GPS and topo maps as trail was hidden and frequently found ourselves off course). Due to the melting snow, the mosquito populations are dense and mosquito netting, bug spray and clothing head to toe is recommended.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton