ODOT will be doing a road closure on US20 that will affect travel from the PCT to Albany/Corvallis, and vice versa. Travel to Bend and the trail, Salem to the trail and Eugene and the trail will not be affected.
US20 will be closed west of the trail for all of August and September of 2016. It may reduce vehicle traffic past the PCT and potentially affect hitchhiking from the trail into Bend. Here is a link to more information: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION2/Pages/US-20-Sheep-Creek-Bridge-Phases-1-and-2–.aspx
By: Laurie Meade
July 16th, 2015
I just finished a three day loop along the suggested Alternate Route (Pacific Crest Trail guide book)of the old Oregon Skyline Trail from Santiam Pass, starting at Santiam Lake Trail #3491. The trail was clear for the first six miles to Santiam Lake. Beyond that it is NOT MAINTAINED. Four miles of blow down and bush-wacking to the Marion Lake Trail #3437. This trail up to the PCT at Wasco Lake is also in need of clearing. Best to stay on the PCT north of Santiam Pass.
August 14th, 2014
The PCT is open again in the area. Side trails to the PCT on Willamette and Deschutes National Forests remain closed.
Wildfires continue to burn in the area. PCT travelers should expect to see smoke.
MODIS on 7/18/14.
MODIS fire layer for the Mt. Jefferson area. There are multiple smaller fires in the area that do not appear on MODIS. Image taken at 12:57 on 7/17/14
The Logging Unit fire burned on the PCT from about mile 2064 to mile 2071. The fire was on the Warm Springs Reservation, between Ollalie Lake and Timothy Lake. The PCT was closed in late July and early August but it is now open again.
By: Jim Bansch
June 2nd, 2014
North from Hwy 20 6 to 10 trees across trail ,snow on trail from mile 1.5 turned around at mile 2.
South from Hwy 20 extensive blow down turned around at mile 1 from hwy.
July 15th, 2013
The trail is becoming overgrown as you travel north from Russell Creek – the brush needs to be clipped back. The crossing at Russell creek can probably be rockhopped by those who are fearless – I crossed in my crocs without any issues.
Jefferson Wilderness. Thru-hikers report extensive blow-downs in the Minto Pass area and some snow patches at Shale Lake. Otherwise trail is clear from Santiam Pass to Mt. Hood. Milk Creek is flowing strongly but Russell Creek is still a snow bridge and requires care when crossing.