Blasting work near Old Snowy, Goat Rocks Wilderness

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September 11th, 2017

The Forest Service will be using explosives to improve the official Pacific Crest Trail near Old Snowy in Goat Rocks Wilderness starting on Friday 9/15/17. The PCT will be closed for periods of time while the work is being done. The Forest Service will have spotters posted at either end of the project site for safety. The entire project should not last more than two days. It’s possible that the PCT closures will last multiple hours, or even during the entire work period. You’ll be able to take the Old Snowy Alternate trail to bypass the PCT if it’s closed.

We are not sure whether there will be enough time to clean up the trail after the blasting.  If that is the case, the clean up will be done next season.  Hikers should still be able to get through but stock would likely not be able to pass through (unless they choose the exposed alternate route above the PCT using the Old Snowy Trail.

East Crater Fire in Indian Heaven Wilderness, Washington

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September 5th, 2017

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed in Indian Heaven Wilderness from Forest Road 60 at Crest Camp (~mile 2195) north to Forest Road 24 at Sawtooth (~mile 2212) due to the East Crater Fire.


Alternate information

Here’s a map showing the current walk-around detour option. The reroute is all on forest roads. 

Other detour options would be to go into Trout Lake and pick up the PCT at its intersection with Forest Roads 88 or 23.

Closure due to logging in southern Washington

July 21st, 2017

Update 8/11/2017, from the logging company:

The logging operation has completed for now in the areas that directly impact the trail.  We have cleaned out the trail so that it is passable. There will still be very active logging in the adjacent areas but folks should be able to pass safely as long as they stay on the trail and watch out for trucks and equipment. We have recently had several hikers go through the closure and walk right up on the equipment.  Scary situation for our operators!  We are planning on finishing the clear-cut on and around the trail this fall.

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Starting July 25, 2017, due to logging activity northwest of Table Mountain, a portion of the PCT will be inaccessible 10 miles north of Bridge of the Gods. Signs at and along the alternate route will direct you along the bypass logging road and back to the PCT for approximately 3.1 miles. The distance bypassed on the PCT is 2 miles.

This sign is posted at the Bridge of the Gods

Water sources in Washington

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By: Jim
July 13th, 2015

We hiked the stretch between Walupt Lake/Nannie Ridge to HWY 12 July 4 through July 7. There was obviously water at Sheep Lake, decent water at that. There was then great water at Cispus basin. AFter that we found excellent water at Snowgrass. And then a snow field near Alpine. Other than a couple “glacier/snowfield” crossings just prior to The Knife, we didn’t encounter water until McCall Basin. The next water after McCall basin was and awesome source at Hidden Spring (kinda tricky to find). From Hidden Spring to HWY 12 there is a small stream just 1 mile from the trailhead at HWY 12, and of course Shoe lake.

trees across trail

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By: Curtis
April 30th, 2015

4/24/15 PCT miles 2171.83 to about 2172.5 there were several small trees down. Easy to step over, probably even for stock. I was able to clear hundreds of smaller branches and trees, as well as several rotten logs. a few places look like they’re in danger of wash-outs/slides, but all in all, it looks pretty good!
The “small” creek about 2164 was running high, and I got wet crossing it.

Trail clear of snow from Bridge of the Gods to Crest Horse Camp mile2206

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By: John Verburg
March 10th, 2015

I just walked (February 12) from the Bridge of the Gods to Crest Horse Camp (mile 2206) and the entire trail is clear of snow. There were a couple of minor patches (less than 1 foot deep and less than 20 feet long) just north of Big Huckleberry Mt., but with the warm weather even those should be gone by next week.

There are about 3-4 downed trees across the trail per mile but can be easily stepped over or around for walkers. Horses will have difficulty without about half a dozen. So if on a horse bring the appropriate gear to remove the obstacles.

A nice early hike.

Wash-outs near Cispus Basin

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By: Steve Ghan
August 18th, 2014

I hiked the PCT south from Snowgrass Flat to Sheep Lake on Saturday August 16. Attached are photos of the major washout, plus minor washouts you might want to know about.

The major washout is about 1/4 mile north of Cispus Basin. I estimate the depth about 8 feet and the width 4-6 feet. As you can see, the washout extends 100s of feet upstream and downstream from the trail. Hikers are hiking above the washout without too much trouble. Horses could possibly be walked above, but I’m not a horse rider so I can’t say if it is passable for horses.




Cispus Pass/Goat Rocks

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By: Bubba
August 18th, 2014

Several storm cells hit the Goat Rocks area on August 12th. The trail just south of Cispus Pass where it briefly crosses the Yakama Reservation suffered heavy rain and has a washout. Hikers have been able to cross with caution, but the tread is too unstable for stock.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton