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Oregon US 20 closure impact on PCT

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By: J.
March 30th, 2016

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

Oregon Skyline Trail Alternate Route

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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.

Mt. Jefferson Wilderness fire closure

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July 26th, 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.

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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

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

July 30, 2012

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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.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton