WASHINGTON

Norse Peak Fire near Mt. Rainier, Washington

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April 4th, 2018

The Pacific Crest Trail is open again in Norse Peak Wilderness, north of Mount Rainier. However, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, east of the trail, remains closed. It is not legal to take any side trails that go through the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, nor is it legal to access the PCT from any Okanogan-Wenatchee NF trailheads.

The PCT reopening does not mean that the trail is suddenly safe. It is still covered with snow and has significant damage. Please read our information about burn area safety.

Closure order

N. Fork Sauk Trail closure during summer 2018

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March 16th, 2018

An important side trail to the PCT, the N. Fork Sauk Trail, will be closed from August 8 – 15, 2018 while explosives are used for trail maintenance. This is in Glacier Peak Wilderness. There will be rolling closures of the PCT around mile 2502-2503 as well during that period to allow for the actual blasting. Forest Service staff will be on site to manage the safety of hikers and restrict passage for short periods (rarely more than one hour) while the actual blasting is taking place.

Documents

many trees down

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By: Gary Pegg
September 11th, 2017

I was forced to turn around on my thru ride just north of Sitkum Creek and the north Whitechuck trail junction by several massive windfalls. Other windfalls block any possible go arounds both up and down hill from the trees across the trail. These are large trees, 36 to 60 inch in diameter on a steep hillside that on foot I repeatedly slipped and fell while trying to locate a way to get the horse around. I do not believe it is possible to get a horse through this area.

overgrown trail and tree down

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By: Julie Watkins-Jarvies
August 14th, 2017

Just came through Section K and while overgrowth in WA is expected, miles 2508-2510 is in desperate shape. It looks like fallen tree has diverted the creek down the PCT. With no natural outlet it’s become a swamp. Popping out on the Milk Creek “valley trail” is extremely overgrown with washed out portions on slipping banks. There is also a dangerous tree to get over along the way. Precarious at best! There are two FS crews in the area.

Utility tree-trimming crew working along PCT in Gorge

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October 27th, 2016

Beware Nov 1-30, 2016 on the Washington side of the Gorge, where the PCT follows along a powerline corridor from Bridge of the Gods (Highway 14) about one mile north. A crew from the utility company will be brushing and tree trimming with heavy equipment.  They’ll stop hikers for a short time if needed for safety, but usually, they’ll be able to stop their work for trail users to pass through.

Photo by: Henrik Frederiksen