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)
Deep snow starts .5 miles from the CA line (1689.5) and continues for 4 miles, sometimes on steep hillsides. It is then patchy (everything from clear to deep and in between) until past Mt. Ashland (about 1710).
Patchy, but safe, snow starts again past Hwy 66 (1733). From Hwy 140 (1771) to almost Olallie Lake (about 2043) the trail is under a solid 2 to 10 feet.
By actual observations and emails with Scott Parks, the snow maps on postholer.com UNDER estimate the snow levels, sometimes by a lot.
My friend and I just did the 50 mile hike between Fisher Lake and Crater Lake. For the most part there were many places to find water. For those who are planning to refill your water at Jack Spring you won’t be able too, the spring has dried up. The next closes place to refill is Ranger Spring which is south of Jack Spring and 1 mile off the trail. It’s a beautiful place to stop and cool off. There are still plenty of small streams between Ranger Spring and Devil Peak. The other place we had counted on was Snow Lake. Which we either missed or the sign was burnt in the last forest fire. Fortunately we had filter extra water at Christi Springs.
Starting June 20 hiked south from Highway 138 to Highway 140 around lower trail west of Crater Lake and south to Fish Lake. Of course mosquitoes very heavy and variable. Hundreds of trees down across lower trail and many trees across trail south of Mazama Campground to almost Fish Lake. Bear spotted near Christi’s Spring but ran away. Several large old forest fires had many trees across trail. Some signs burned. Area needs trail crew.
I day hiked the “Hikers PCT” from the Rim Drive intersection (Road 1841) to Hwy 62 and the trail is spectacular. However, I found several “through hikers” wandering Mazama Campground looking for the Annie Springs Trail, based on bad information. From the parking lot between the Mazama store (showers 75 cents/4 minutes) and the Restaurant, go north (out) the campground access road and continue north on an unmarked dirt road just as the access road turns west. This dirt road turns into trail and crosses the paved Rim Dr. road just west of a bridge with a sign for the Annie Springs Trail. If you miss the unmarked dirt road, you can head north on Rim Dr. road (away from the park entrance booth) to the bridge and signed trail. Going into the campground is the wrong direction.
As of September 15th, the PCT is open again in this area.
The Camp Creek Complex, including the 790 fire near the PCT, is on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southern Oregon. Fire 790 burned near mile 1803 to mile 1805.5. Multiple other small fires burned near the PCT.
- Inciweb: Camp Creek Complex
- Equestrian issue
- Extreme hazard
- Snow conditions
- Trail Closure
- Trail maintenance issue
- Water conditions
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