SECTION I WASHINGTON

Norse Peak Fire near Mt. Rainier, Washington

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October 5th, 2017

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed Chinook Pass (~ mile 2321) to near Forest Road 7037 (near ~mile 2350.5) due to the Norse Peak and Sawmill Ridge Fires.

The Norse Peak Fire started during a lightning storm on August 11, 2017. That storm ignited 13 fires within the Naches Ranger District of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington.

Resources

Closure map

No current closure map exists.

Getting around this closure

We’ll look into this more next season if the trail remains closed.

Seattle Public Utility staff sent us the following important note:
PLEASE get the message out to the thru-hiker community that the PCT closure in WA state, due to the Norse Peak Fire, does not allow hiking on/in the Cedar River Watershed. The Cedar River Watershed is owned by the City of Seattle (90,000+ acres) and is the unfiltered water source for almost a million people. Trespass onto City property is a misdemeaner and heavily enforced. Hikers are ending up near Ravensdale WA with almost no options to get back to the trail. Going NW through the Green Watershed is bascially a dead-end without walking along major highways (Highway 18 to 90).

Snoqualmie Pass to White Pass

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By: The Professor
July 18th, 2014

Just hiked completed Section I (going SOBO) from 7/13/14 – 7/17/14. The trail is in good shape (only the occasional blowdown) from Snoqualmie Pass (I-90) to Chinook Pass (Highway 410). Just a few patches of snow, perhaps 100 yards total out of the 60 miles in this subsection.

South of Chinook Pass (Highway 410) down to White Pass (Highway 12) there is more snow. Still the trail is actually about 98% clear, but those 2% are a bit irksome and might take as much as 10 seconds for you to relocate the trail from time to time. Also occasional blow downs, but nothing serious.

I heard rumors from NOBO hikers that the Goat Rocks are still really deep in snow as of mid-July, so hikers beware.

September 15, 2012

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By: Randy

We hiked Section I during labor day week, and found the trail be in great condition with very few blow downs, and those that existed were easy to navigate. Although some blogs have reported a 23 mile dry stretch from WACS2360 to Lizard Lake, the water source at WACS2372 is marked with flagging tape and a trail, is easy to locate, and the creek appears to run strong year round. Campsites were plentiful at Snow Lake, Sheep Lake and Mirror Lake. The shelter at Urich Camp in Gov’t Meadow was infested with mice, so your tent may be a better option.

August 10, 2012

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8/12/12 Did a trail run from top of Chinook to Cougar Lake and back. PCT clear all the way w/ some minor patches of snow & mud. Trail to Cougar Lake was a bit overgrown and muddy w/ 1 blow down. Not many bugs out.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton