SECTION F OREGON

Whitewater Fire on Mt. Jefferson, Oregon

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August 16th, 2017

Due to the Whitewater Fire in Oregon’s Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, the PCT is closed from the Marion Lake Trail (Trail # 3437)/Minto Pass (2008.5) north to Breitenbush Lake (mile 2037).

The trail will remain closed through the eclipse. Read the announcement.

Pacific Crest Trail hikers traveling north have the option to hike along the PCT to the Marion Lake Trail and exit to the west, picking up the trail again at Breitenbush Lake (be sure to check if the road is open or closed), or exit at Santiam Pass, south of the Marion Lake Trail.

To the south, the Three Sisters Fires further complicate the situation

Please head on over to the Three Sisters Fire page for information about that closure, and a combination bus/walking alternate that skips both of these fire closures.

Resources

Closure map

Agency detour map

Imagery

Alternate suggestion

Sorry, we recommend shuttling around the closure. We looked into dirt roads to walk around the closure and couldn’t find any reasonable options. The highways are largely shoulderless and we don’t recommend walking them.

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.

Other sources

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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

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton