Every stream bed I passed from Elk Lake to Cliff Lake #1942 was dry on 6/21/2015. There is water in the larger bodies of water and lakes. Please be mindful and carry enough water to get you past any and all seasonal streams as they may be dry already this early in the season.
Deep snow from sisters mirror lake to Scott trail. Trail unnavigable without gps or map/compass. Many down trees- but passable.
The PCT remains open but the closure area uses the trail as it’s border. The fire is burning east of the PCT.
The Muskrat Fire, ½ mile from Muskrat Lake and 2 miles northwest of Cultus Lake, was reported at approximately 12:45 p.m. on 8/7/14 and quickly grew to 30 acres. The blaze is burning on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest.
The southern end of the closure is around Irish and Taylor Lakes (labeld Forest Road 600, unpaved on Halfmile’s maps) at PCT mile 1937. The northern end of the closure is around the Top Lake Trail (Tr. No. 3510) at PCT mile 1946.8. Again, the PCT is not closed.
- http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/38/ – fire is not on inciweb at the time this was written.
- News report – http://www.ktvz.com/news/grant-county-wildfire-grows-as-others-caught/27358890
Good trail conditions and plenty of water. Lots of lava and a few snow banks still near North Sister. A few blow-down logs across the trail that are easy to step over. The log locations are near Glacier Way Trail, Foley Ridge Trail, and Mesa Creek.
From Willamette Pass to Charlton Lake the trail is in perfect condition, but no on-trail water after Rosary Lakes. Bobby Lake is worth the side trip for water, and it’s beauty. Charlton Lake to Elk Lake has a few logs across the trail, especially north of Stormy Lake and near Island Meadow, but nothing too bad. Bugs were not a problem, despite the many lakes and ponds, and we even had freshly caught trout for breakfast one day!
There are 18 logs down between Porky Lake Junction and Mink Lake Junction on the PCT. Size ranges from 4-14 inches.
Hwy 58 trail north is clear of blow downs and snow to 5mi north of the Irish/Tayor lakes area where there are two dangerous fallen trees on a steep side hill which are hazardous to stock.
Hwy 58 trail north to the Maiden Peak saddle is reported clear of snow and blow down.
Irish/Taylor lake, trail north reports of 3 mi of light patchy snow, 4mi of heavy snow with the PCT difficult to follow and 3mi of patchy snow to the tr3510 Jtn which is clear. 50+ blow downs in 10 miles.
- Equestrian issue
- Extreme hazard
- Snow conditions
- Trail Closure
- Trail maintenance issue
- Water conditions
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- Northern California
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