Heading North, trail had some trees across the trail north of Urich Cabin but easy to cross or bypass other than one large tree four miles south of Snoqualmie. Cut a bypass trail around it. Entire section is passable with stock as of Aug. 21,2016.
Bring deet 100 and nets around the 4th of july time. The mosquitos made us backtrack 2 miles for a mosquitoe free(ish) spot
Hiking on July 21, 2014 in this area encountered 10+ downed trees some of which required significant walk-arounds.
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.
Occasional patchy snow at about 3800′ – 4000′ no snow below just north (scouted 5 miles) of Stampede Pass (south of Snoqualmie Pass) in Washington – went there this past weekend and it looks like there was quite a bit of snowmelt, a lot of damp ground and plants haven’t started growing yet it melted off so fast.
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.
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.
I hiked WA section I from 1-6 Aug 2012. Trail mostly clear and, in most places, good to excellent condition. A few snow patches at higher elevations between White Pass and Chinook Pass, and approaching Snoqualmie Pass, but nothing I found difficult or dangerous. Some downfall in places, but only a couple that were slightly difficult to cross.
- Equestrian issue
- Extreme hazard
- Snow conditions
- Trail Closure
- Trail maintenance issue
- Water conditions
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