SECTION I WASHINGTON

Norse Peak Fires near Mt. Rainier, Washington

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August 14th, 2017

A lightning storm on August 11, 2017 ignited 13 fires within the Naches Ranger District of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington.  Ten of the fires are in the William O. Douglas and Norse Peak Wildernesses. Some of them have been contained.

At this point, it appears that the most significant fire is burning about 3.5 miles east of the PCT from about Crown Point (mile 2328) to about mile 2332. The fire is downhill from the PCT in the Union Creek and North Fork of Union Creek drainages.

The Pacific Crest Trail is not closed at the time of writing, but we recommend monitoring conditions closely. We’re really just starting to learn about the big fire in Union Creek and we don’t know much about the other fires. We hear that the fire in Union Creek is growing quickly!

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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