Norse Peak Fire near Mt. Rainier, Washington

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

Holcomb Fire near Big Bear, Calif.

March 29th, 2018

The Holcomb Fire started on June 19th near Big Bear, California. The fire is out but the trail remains closed and will likely remain closed throughout 2018.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed for about one mile from Holcomb Valley Road (paved road 3N08) at mile 268 to about mile 269.

The fastest detour is hike up Forest Road 3N16 to 3N69 (Gold Mt) and up to the PCT junction.



Portion of official PCT closed in Crater Lake National Park

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February 28th, 2018

The official PCT is closed from the intersection with the Lightning Springs Trail (mile 1827.4) to the North Entrance Road (mile 1839.7). The Lightning Springs Trail and the West Rim Trail are open.

Hikers will want to use the West Rim Trail through the park. Equestrians are not allowed on the West Rim Trail and will need to shuttle around the closed section of the PCT.

The PCT closure will likely remain in place at least through a significant part of the 2018 season.

Mountain Fire closure on Mt. San Jacinto

February 22nd, 2018

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed for 8.7 miles from Spitler Trail (mile 168.6) north to Tahquitz Valley Trail (mile 177.3). This closure will remain in place for the foreseeable future. The Mountain Fire started on July 15, 2013 near the junction of Highway 243 and Highway 74.

The Pacific Crest Trail was extensively damaged during the fire. Years of work has gone into reopening the PCT and the effort continues. The trail is reopening in three phases. Phase 1 opened in November 1016 and phase 2 opened in November 2017.

Official documents

The Mountain Fire closure is administered by San Bernardino National Forest and closure order, map, and other documents can be found here.

Spitler Peak to Idyllwild Detour

You’ll find maps of this detour in the California Section B map pack on the Halfmile Project website.

This 14.1 mile detour bypasses 10.8 miles of the PCT. It’s a beautiful walk.

  • Mile 0 – SpitlerTR – At the Spitler Peak trail junction with the PCT go left down the west side of the mountain – 7047 ft
  • Mile .9 – Spring – small spring – 6538 ft
  • Mile 4.7 – SpitlerPeakTH – Spitler Peak trailhead, parking, go left on paved Apple Canyon Road – 4905 ft
  • Mile 6.4 – YellowPost3 – Yellow Post with arrow pointing north to primitive campsite number 3. Campsite is 2/10 mile N of Apple
    Canyon Road – 4397 ft
  • Mile 6.9 – ACCenter – Apple Canyon Center, Ronald McDonald camp gate – 4376 ft
    For the next 2.9 miles this detour follows unmarked mountain bike trails. Read the descriptions carefully and follow the map
    to navigate.
    Locate the gravel road that runs N from Apple Canyon Rd next to the Apple Canyon Center, Ronald McDonald camp gate. Follow this gravel road N along the fenced eastern edge of the Herkey Creek Group Camping area. After 2/10 mile turn W and follow the lesser used road that skirts along the fenced northern edge of the group camping area. Shortly after this turn you see a metal water tank through the trees on a hill in the distance that you will walk near. In 1/10th mile you will see another gate that blocks vehicle traffic, but allows hikers to pass on the left. Continue 2/10 of a mile past this gate to the water tank.
  • Mile 7.4 – Water Tank – Metal water Tank N of the Herkey Creek Campground [no water for hikers from the tank] – 4471 ft
  • Mile 7.6 – HerkeyCreek – Cross Herkey Creek – 4436 ft
    Continue 2/10 mile past the water tank and at the unmarked trail junction go W to cross Herkey Creek. You will encounter
    several unmarked trails on the W bank of Herkey Creek. Go N along the W bank of the creek and within a hundred feet you will
    find a well established mountain bike trail about 5 feet wide in an abandoned dirt roadbed. If you miss the turn, just cross Herkey
    Creek and find the abandoned road on the W bank of the creek.

    Alternatively, at the Apple Canyon Center, Ronald McDonald camp gate a hiker could continue W on the paved road 4/10 mile to the Herkey Creek Campground entrance near Hwy 74. Once in the campground, you can hike 1/2 mile N to the hiker gate next to site 130. Rejoin the detour 400 feet N of this gate. Or, you can deviate from the detour below by continuing from the campground up a trail that parallels Highway 74. Once you reach May Valley Road (#5S05), you can take May Valley Road uphill to rejoin the detour below.
  • Mile 8.5 – Fork1 – Keep left at the unmarked fork in the trail – 4619 ft
    The trail climbs about 80 feet up a rutted and washed out section of the abandoned road to the top of a very small ridge. At the
    small ridgetop keep left at Fork1 toward San Jacinto Peak, the most dominate feature on skyline. Do not take the fork down the
    other side of the ridge to Herkey Creek.
  • Mile 8.6 – DarrenMemorial – Pass a small memorial for Darren York who died
    after becoming ill mountain biking in 2006 – 4689 ft
  • Mile 8.8 – Fork2 – Keep left at the unsigned fork – 4721 ft
    Depart the abandoned road and take the mountain bike trail left toward the
    power line on the hill.
  • Mile 8.9 – Footbridge – Cross a small wooden footbridge – 4727 ft
  • Mile 9.2 – Powerline – Go under a small power line – 4856 ft
  • Mile 9.7 – MayValleyRd – Unpaved and unmarked May Valley Rd – 5092 ft
    Turn right on May Valley Rd. The road is unmarked, but if you travel a short
    distance N you will see a large wooden sign marking the junction of May Valley
    and Bonita Vista roads. May Valley road is closed to vehicle traffic.
  • Mile 9.8 – BonitaVistaRd – Keep left at the junction with unpaved Bonita Vista
    Rd. Follow the sign toward Saunders Meadow – 5088 ft
  • Mile 10.2 – Spring – Pass a spring and trough on the left – 5296 ft
  • Mile 10.6 – MayValleyGate – Go under the locked Forest Service Gate – 5428 ft
  • Mile 10.7 – SouthridgeTr – Continue past Southridge, Tahquitz Peak trailhead
    on the right – 5469 ft Or, if you would like to skip Idyllwild, you can take the steep South Ridge Trail uphill to rejoin the PCT.
  • Mile 12.1 – Road Junction – Keep right at unmarked junction of unpaved roads,
    the road becomes paved in about 100 yards, you begin to see cabins shortly
    after that – 5643 ft
  • Mile 12.3 – SaundersMdwRd – Right on paved Saunders Meadow Rd – 5618 ft
  • Mile 13.5 – Hwy243 – Right on Highway 243 – 5248 ft
  • Mile 14.1 – Arrive in central Idyllwild, Village Market, North Circle Dr. The State Park campground is 1/10th mile farther N on Hwy 243. See the Black Mountain Alternate maps if you want to continue N using an alternate route. – 5350 ft

Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires in Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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September 11th, 2017

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Lolo Pass (~mile 2112) to Cascade Locks (~ mile 2144.5) due to the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires. We recommend that northbound PCT hikers leave the PCT at Timberline Lodge rather than Lolo Pass.


Options for getting around this closure

  1. Shuttle from Bend to Stevenson, WA:  this option bypasses all the trail closures related to fires on the Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
  2. Shuttle from Timberline Lodge to Stevenson, WA:  This option is for hikers who are coming from Olallie Lakes area, north to the Mt. Hood Wilderness. Hikers can hike a hundred yards south from the PCT to Timberline Lodge. From this point, the Mt. Express bus has service to Sandy, Oregon, which has connecting public transportation on the SAM bus into Gresham, Oregon. One-way fare is $2 on the Mountain Express.
  3. Lolo Pass Road to Highway 26 (not recommend at this time):  Hikers can cover the Mt. Hood Wilderness section of the PCT from Timberline Lodge to Lolo Pass Road. Hikers will then need to hike out from the junction with Lolo Pass road, to Highway 26 – about 10.6 miles.  From this point hikers will be near the village of Zigzag, Oregon. In Zigzag there are public transportation points for the Mountain Express bus to take hikers to the town of Sandy, Oregon, and on to Gresham, Oregon.

More details will follow as they become available.

NOTE: The maps direct you to travel I-84 and the Bridge of the Gods. Both the road and bridge are currently closed due to the fire. Check road conditions before you head to Cascade Locks.

Closure map

Sand Fire camping closure south of Agua Dulce

May 9th, 2017

The PCT through the Sand Fire closure area is open as of 4/29/17. While the trail is open, the rest of the burn area on Angeles National Forest surrounding the PCT is still closed.

In the burn area, camping is only permitted at the North Fork Station. Dispersed/remote camping is still not allowed in the burn area closure. The burn closure and no camping zone extends from Mt. Gleason/Messenger Flats (~mile 429.5) to Soledad Canyon Road (~mile 444).

We’re immensely grateful to all of the PCTA Trail Gorillas who volunteered to repair the trail in the burn area and to the dedicated PCT advocates at Angeles National Forest who help the trail and the lands that it passes through.


Please utilize this map to know where the Sand Fire boundary is so that you don’t camp within the boundary except at North Fork Station.


Angeles NF endangered species closure

March 24th, 2013

There is a long-term closure of the PCT north of Islip Saddle. The trail is closed to protect the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog. An alternate to the PCT is in place. Hikers and equestrians should note that the alternate trails are not up to the standards of the PCT. They may be steep and exposed and unsuitable for some, especially equestrians. To be clear, this alternate trail is probably not appropriate for horses. The alternate is long and has a lot of elevation gain and loss, but it also has some interesting geology and is a worthy hike. View and print a map of the endangered species detour.

Photo by: Henrik Frederiksen