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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1,038 logs have been removed from the trail. See report here: http://www.pcta.org/2014/1000-logs-cleared-200-miles-trail-mt-hood-chapter-pcta-24165/
Potato Hill to Walupt Lake Trail
Quite a few blowdowns. I have noted a marked drop in trail conditions throughout all NFS/wilderness areas this year.
Walupt to Sheep Lake.
Bear sighting (mom and cub). Mosquitos were plentiful in the lowlands (
Went nobo through Goat Rocks on 7/21. Some snow at Cispus Pass, easily crossable. No snow on The Knife, clear trail. Occasional snow patches on the way out, navigation problem free without gps, as trail is evident.
- Equestrian issue
- Extreme hazard
- Snow conditions
- Trail Closure
- Trail maintenance issue
- Water conditions
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