Recent storms have dropped significant early snow on this section. Snow line seems to be ~5300ft, so most of this section is now under snow. Some patches are only ankle deep, but a few days ago it was up to knee deep in other areas. There is enough snow to make spotting the trail challenging. Cut fallen logs are still visible, so that helps spot the trail. Blazing is so-so, and combined with limited visibility conditions to spot topographical landmarks non-GPS navigation could be challenging through this area. It has been raining on the snow so it’s heavy and wet currently. Melting may occur near 6000ft, but there is enough snow I think likely this section will not melt out again before true winter. Plenty of water from snow and snow melt streams. Forest road 60 up to windigo pass PCT trailhead has over a foot of snow on it near the pass, making trailhead access difficult. High-clearance 4WD vehicle with snow tires required.
The trail within the National Park is in perfect condition, however there is a significant number of blown down logs across the trail in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Many logs to go around between the park boundary and Sevenmile Trail (1802) and again between Snow Lakes Trail and Mt. McLoughlin Trail. The only good water on trail is near Cliff Lake (1798) and Christi Spring (1782), Honeymoon Creek is stagnant and Jack Spring is putrid.
The day before the Bybee fire closed down the west rim road, I visited the lake (smoky) and day hiked from the North Rim access road to Highway 138 (North Crater Trailhead parking area). The trail is in excellent condition, evidence of recent work to clear logs is everywhere – Thanks! Once you come down off the rim, the walk is a dry stretch of lodgepole pine forest. Immediately after crossing Highway 138, you start hopping logs again.
The PCT, the Rim Trail, and West Rim Drive are now open.
As of Thursday July 28th, 2016 a new wildfire is developing along the PCT in the vicinity of the Lightning Springs trail junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. As of August 2nd, all of West Rim Drive and the Rim Trail (PCT alternate on the rim, in purple below) and the Pacific Crest Trail are Closed until further notice. The PCT is closed north of OR Hwy 62 (Crater Lake Hwy) at Mazama Village. Please do not continue on the PCT passed Mazama Village. As of August 4th – Hikers are still advised to use East Rim Drive to bypass the fire. The only alternative for this closure is to walk East Rim Drive as a bi-pass. This alternate adds about a 25-mile road walk. Hitchhiking is permitted from turnouts only. Please stay tuned to this web site as well as (888)PCTRAIL trail closure line for updates as conditions are changing rapidly.
Crater Lake National Park – Current Conditions (Closure Order will be posted shortly)
Eagle Creek Trail is fine. Tish Creek Bridge is out on this PCT alternate but it is an easy 2 rock hop across, very low water. Much snow from 5500′ south of Ramona Falls to Timberline Lodge…have a good GPS. last, over 50 trees down and 2 glacial stream crossings make this a slower section…scout well.
Recently did a section of PCT from Oregon Section D to E. June 10-20, 2016
From Miller Lake (Mile 1863) to Windigo Pass (1876) and then we followed the old Oregon Skyline Trail up until it connects back with PCT at Odell Lake (1905).
– Expect serious slow navigation with lots of downed trees that haven’t been cleared for the season yet. We were averaging only 1-1.5 miles per hour navigating up/under/around all the debris.
– Expect patches of snow up to 1′ in depth particularly south of Odell in shaded areas that also obscured the trail.
-From 1906-1920, the trails have been cleared, however we hit a small storm window which dumped 3+ inches of snow, where made for slow going and we weren’t prepared as our minimal mesh hiking shoes and lack of winter gloves made for cold+wet conditions. Weather cleared up by June 20, but we were on a schedule and had to stop the section thru hike.
Despite the recent trail closure report of the Eagle Creek alternative trail as closed due to a washed out bridge (3/31/16), the trail is now OPEN. The bridge is marked as unsafe and the small creek must be forded. The offical PCT path around to Cascade Locks is also clear of blowdowns.
About the first 10 miles between Klum Landing, mile 1747.9 and Dead Indian Memorial road, mile 1759.1 there are too many down trees to count and very slow going. Many bib trees have so many branches it’s hard to climb over them.
This section would be impossible for horses. Also heavy deadfall between mile 1764 and Fish Lake at Highway 140, mile 1770.9.
- Equestrian issue
- Extreme hazard
- Snow conditions
- Trail Closure
- Trail maintenance issue
- Water conditions
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