East Crater Fire in Indian Heaven Wilderness, Washington

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October 4th, 2017

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed in Indian Heaven Wilderness from Trail No. 111 near Blue Lake (~mile 2202.5) north to Trail No. 176 near Bear Lake (~mile 2205.5) due to the East Crater Fire Closure.

This closure will likely remain in place for the 2018 hiking season. We’ll update this page when the situation changes.


Closure map


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