The Oregon Gulch Fire is burning about six miles east of the PCT along the Oregon/California border. Most of the fire is in Oregon. The trail is not closed.
PCT hikers should be aware as this large fire will cause smokey conditions, roads busy with firefighters and possibly closed or busy town services.
MODIS fire layer of Oregon Gulch Fire taken at 11:31 am on 8/4/14
August 13th, 2013
Severity of the smoke in the Ashland area has varied widely over the past few weeks depending on wind conditions. At its worst it is difficult to see more than four city blocks at a time, and at its best we’ve enjoyed clear blue skies. This has been as true for the summit of Mt Ashland as ot has for the City itself.
The good news is that lion’s share southern Oregon wildfires have stayed in the Roseburg/Douglas County area far from the Trail itself, although lightning is forecast for the next 2 days (8/10 and 8/11).
July 15th, 2013
Multiple day hikes over 4th of July weekend to complete OR/CA border to (paved) Mt. Ashland Ski Road. Trail is in good condition with all seeps running water. A few log hops, but they have access around established already that look OK for equestrians. Road 20, however, is narrow, steep, rocky, and just plain bad to drive between Meridian Overlook and Wrangle Gap.
All passable, but bothersome snow pack and driftsfrom Condrey Mt to Siskyou pass. At times navigation is challenging, but no ice axe necessary. Expect delays.
All seasonal creeks flowing.
Much of the Siskiyou Crest section of the PCT is snow free with occasional snow drifts on north facing slopes.
Please note… the Siskiyou Outback Trail Run will be on the Trail between Mt Ashland and Wards Fork Gap on Saturday July 14th.
We started at the Cal/Ore border on the 18th. Snow around Observation Peak covered the trail but was not too big a problem. We chose to hike on Forest Service Rd 20 to avoid snow covered trails.
Squints and I hiked from the Oregon border to I5 July 2-4th. Significant snow still in the trees on the east slopes from just north of the border to Grouse Gap. The trail is impassable at times because of steep slopes. We rerouted to Road 20 to make it through. After Grouse its clear sailing.
While the lower elevation sections of the PCT north and south of Seiad Valley, CA are accessible, the higher elevations on the Siskiyou Crest along the CA/OR state line are still holding significant snow. Acess and route finding on the Siskiyou Crest will remain challenging through the month of June.