SECTION G OREGON

Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires in Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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September 11th, 2017

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Lolo Pass (~mile 2112) to Cascade Locks (~ mile 2144.5) due to the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires. We recommend that northbound PCT hikers leave the PCT at Timberline Lodge rather than Lolo Pass.

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Options for getting around this closure

  1. Shuttle from Bend to Stevenson, WA:  this option bypasses all the trail closures related to fires on the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
  2. Shuttle from Timberline Lodge to Stevenson, WA:  This option is for hikers who are coming from Olallie Lakes area, north to the Mt. Hood Wilderness. Hikers can hike a hundred yards south from the PCT to Timberline Lodge. From this point, the Mt. Express bus has service to Sandy, Oregon, which has connecting public transportation on the SAM bus into Gresham, Oregon. One-way fare is $2 on the Mountain Express.
  3. Lolo Pass Road to Highway 26 (not recommend at this time):  Hikers can cover the Mt. Hood Wilderness section of the PCT from Timberline Lodge to Lolo Pass Road. Hikers will then need to hike out from the junction with Lolo Pass road, to Highway 26 – about 10.6 miles.  From this point hikers will be near the village of Zigzag, Oregon. In Zigzag there are public transportation points for the Mountain Express bus to take hikers to the town of Sandy, Oregon, and on to Gresham, Oregon.

More details will follow as they become available.

NOTE: The maps direct you to travel I-84 and the Bridge of the Gods. Both the road and bridge are currently closed due to the fire. Check road conditions before you head to Cascade Locks.

Closure map

Big log piles blocking trail on Mt Hood, Paradise Park

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August 24th, 2017

There are big logs down on the PCT just east of the eastern Paradise Loop junction. Also, the eastern part of the loop up to the meadow has many trees down but is passable. Trail 778 up to the loop has trees down but is easier to navigate than the loop and is the recommended trail up there at the moment, and there are some dangerous leaning snags in the big campsite near the old shelter.

That picture is one of 2 piles on the PCT where you have to actually climb over the logs.  Both piles are very near the eastern Paradise Loop junction.  The uphill and downhill are 45-50 degree slopes, so no, they are definitely not passable with a horse.

A crew is scheduled to start work clearing this Monday August 28th.

Eagle Creek bridge damage and trail status

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By: JH
March 31st, 2016

A bridge on the Eagle Creek Trail alternate route is closed due to a large tree that fell during a storm last December 2015. This is the northern-most section in Oregon leading to Cascade Locks (halfmile map Oregon section G page 6 and 6A). The Eagle Creek Alternate Route is a spectacular and popular 15.4 mile route used by many [probably most] PCT hikers.

The creek is not safe to cross [during periods of high runoff] and the bridge won’t be repaired for at least a year, said Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area recreation staff officer Stan Hinatsu.
“It’s going to be a big challenge to make sure folks aren’t crossing the creek,” Hinatsu said. “We can’t be there 100 percent of the time and folks will go around any barriers.”

Official notice is here (scroll down to “Closures” section):
http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/crgnsa/alerts-notices

Oregon Section G – Barlow Pass to Preachers Peak 6/8-6/11

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By: Redtail
June 15th, 2015

Very light snow year. Snow is already COMPLETELY melted off trail, except for 20-foot stretch near Timberline. A number of small downed trees near Barlow Pass, but otherwise, Hood-area trail is clear and clean.

Water access abundant with a number of on-trail creeks flowing; special mention to an on-trail spring at mile 2109.5 JSO ridge above Zigzag River. Zigzag is an ankle ford. Sandy was knee- to thigh-high with strong current at an evening crossing. We heard from southbounders that the bridge was still washed out at Muddy Fork, and to avoid an even worse ford we took the Ramona Falls/Timberline Trail alternate route. NOT recommended! There are three bad washouts on steep cliffsides on the north side of Yocum Ridge, dangerous to traverse with a full pack. However, the three Muddy Fork crossings on the Timberline alternate route were calf- to knee-high with mild current.

From Lolo Pass to approximately 1 mile north of the Preachers Peak saddle, trail is clear but mosquitoes are extremely aggressive. On-trail streams flowing both JNO the pass and on the switchbacks beneath Preachers Peak.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton