SECTION G OREGON

Eagle Creek Alternative is OPEN

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By: Kwen
June 27th, 2016

Despite the recent trail closure report of the Eagle Creek alternative trail as closed due to a washed out bridge (3/31/16), the trail is now OPEN. The bridge is marked as unsafe and the small creek must be forded. The offical PCT path around to Cascade Locks is also clear of blowdowns.

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.

South: Cascade Locks to Jefferson Park 6/26-7/4 2014.

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By: Mark Painter (Rainier)
July 8th, 2014

Conditions good, though wet, S. On the PCT. Narrow, slippery log over the Sandy River. Snow on the last 3 miles to Timberline Lodge, but no trouble following footprints and using Halfmile App on my phone. Nice down from the Lodge. Awesome from Barlow Pass to Warm Springs River. Hundreds of trees down on trail from the river to Jude Lake due to beetle kill. I counted a dozen in a hundred yards. Mosquitos pretty heavy from Jude Lake on. Trees cleared by the Muleskinners after Jude Lake. Sam at Olallie Lake said no one has gotten through to Hwy 20 due to snow. We tried it. Steep snow chutes and slopes. If I’d had crampons and an ax and more battery power for GPS, I might have pushed on. Perilous in Cascadias. Turned back. Did Eagle Creek on the way back to the Locks. Awesome as always.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton