SECTION L WASHINGTON

The PCT is now open between Rainy Pass and Woody Pass on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

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August 16th, 2015

Winthrop – With exceptional work by fire crews and a break in the weather, the Tatie Peak fire has been contained. Although not fully controlled, the reduced fire danger in the vicinity has allowed District Ranger Mike Liu to re-open the Harts Pass Road and the Pacific Crest Trail to all visitors and hikers. “We feel conditions are now safe for hikers and travelers in the Harts Pass area. Firefighters remain on the fire and we will continue to monitor the situation. We will reassess the closure if additional threats arise”, said Ranger Liu.  Access is open immediately.

 

 

 

Downed trees and snow.

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By: bambi barbie
May 27th, 2015

There were quite a few downed trees in manning park section. Some I had to crawl under, some I had to go around, and some I had too lodge myself over. Not equestrian ready. Then there was snow at castle pass, but could find my way through. At Hopkins pass then there was too much snow to find the trail, I tried to push through (and I did find it), but then the traverse up to liberty ridge was completely snowed out. Wouldn’t recommend doing this section at this time without crampons and a detailed map of the trail. Depending on the face of the mountain the snow level varies, but I would say the snow started around 6,500 and became unpassable at 6,700. Water is not an issue there is at least a small stream every .5 mile. 5/27/15

Pasayten Wilderness – horse issues

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By: Bob Woods
July 18th, 2014

North of Rainy Pass the trail gets rough and the snow lingers on the north facing slopes into late-August/early-September. There are two rockslides that took place in the summer of 2013 that you’ll have to deal with.

The first is between Glacier Pass and Tatie Peak and the second is between Rock Pass and Woody Pass. You can dismount andwalk through the first rockslides with some caution. The second rockslides are impassible for stock and require a detour. From Holman Pass, head down Trail #427A to Trail #427 to the Pasayten Airport. Take the Boundary Trail #533 west to Castle Pass back to the PCT.

Snow report from a southbounder 6/26-6/14

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By: Jes Shap
July 11th, 2014

6/26/14 Rainy Pass to Castle Pass
Trail is 90% buried in snow, mostly too soft for crampons. Western aspects above treeline are usually the snow free part, good dry camping on the trail itself. Saw no one on this section until Rainy Pass.
6/14/14 East Bank TH to Castle Pass
North Cascades National Park
Boundary Trail: mostly under snow still, lots of down trees and slide debris. The switchbacks climbing out of Little Fish are largely covered with down trees and grown back in so don’t expect to follow them all the way to the ridge.
Three Fools Trail: a good way to practice following a faint trail. It took me 2 hours to walk the 3 miles from Deerlick to Little Fish on a sunny afternoon. The first mile (up to the wilderness boundary) is a normal trail, then it became severely overgrown in numerous places, with the last quarter mile being barely identifiable. Where it is not obscured by deadfall and overgrowth the tread is flat and makes for easy walking. No severe washouts. With the trees removed this would make an amazing trail into some amazing wilderness. The Little Fish shelter is gone but there is a sign to tell you when you’re there. Best to do this in the afternoon when as much dew as possible has dried from the trees, but expect to get wet anyway. Its only about 600′ of net elevation gain but some sections are steep and it feels like more.
Desolation Trail: 4 small blowdowns, water available at 3 creek crossings, patchy snow for the last quarter mile, lookout closed.
East Bank: Clear between East Bank TH and Desolation. 3 big blowdowns between the Desolation Trail junction and Deerlick Cabin.

Work Closes Suiattle Road to Foot and Vehicle Traffic

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By: Jack H.
September 3rd, 2013

Everett, Wash., Aug. 26, 2013—Heavy construction will close Suiattle River Road 11.5 miles east of Highway 530 Sept. 6 through Oct. 10 to pedestrians, equestrians, bicyclists and vehicles on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.  After Oct. 10 the road will reopen to foot traffic, but remain closed to vehicles.

This closure blocks access to the Pacific Crest Trail from the Suiattle River Trail, Miners Ridge Trail to Image Lake and Downey Creek Trail. Check road and trail conditions or call Darrington Ranger District for more information at 360-436-1155.

August 28, 2012

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By: Joe Waters

I hiked all of section L between 17 and 22 August 2012. Trail in overall good condition. Just a bit of brush and blowdown – but nothing difficult. No snow on trail to amount to anything.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton