EQUESTRIAN ISSUE

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.

Big log piles blocking trail on Mt Hood, Paradise Park

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August 24th, 2017

There are big logs down on the PCT just east of the eastern Paradise Loop junction. Also, the eastern part of the loop up to the meadow has many trees down but is passable. Trail 778 up to the loop has trees down but is easier to navigate than the loop and is the recommended trail up there at the moment, and there are some dangerous leaning snags in the big campsite near the old shelter.

That picture is one of 2 piles on the PCT where you have to actually climb over the logs.  Both piles are very near the eastern Paradise Loop junction.  The uphill and downhill are 45-50 degree slopes, so no, they are definitely not passable with a horse.

A crew is scheduled to start work clearing this Monday August 28th.

Downed Tree Report(s) Mile 285 – 295

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By: Hikin' Jim
June 1st, 2017

I did a short section hike with my daughter this past weekend from about mile 285 to about mile 295.

Here is my GPS track plotted on a topo map: https://caltopo.com/m/BB1T

I have marked the downed trees with a three digit number and the words “downed tree”. The worst are numbers 483, 486, 489, and 493 as I recall. None of these are impassable although #493 might be impassible to a person on horseback; it’s a very large log down perpendicular over the trail, possibly 40″ diameter, on a steep slope.

Photos of each available if they’re needed/wanted.

Regards,

HJ
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Trail erosion

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By: Lynn
April 6th, 2017

From approximately mile 544.5-546.5 the trail is eroded in many places on the steep switchbacks, often to the point of the trail being almost nonexistent. The steep incline and unstable sand makes the tread very dangerous for hikers and probably impassable for equestrians.

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton