TRAIL CLOSURE

Closure in Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon

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January 4th, 2018

The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from Elk Lake (mile 1950) to Highway 242 (mile 1981.5) due to the Horse Complex closure on Willamette National Forest. The current closure order expires July 1, 2018. We don’t currently know what change might happen in summer 2018.

Expect that just after snow snowmelt segments might still remain closed, at least long enough to let trail assessments and repair happen. We recommend refraining from planning any hiking trips within the first few weeks after snow melt (snow melt being typically early to mid-July in most places).

We will update this page again in the Spring.

This map shows the closure of the PCT.

This map shows what’s open and closed to the East of the PCT.

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Norse Peak Fire near Mt. Rainier, Washington

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November 27th, 2017

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed for 16.2 miles from the Fog City Trail #967 at Bear Gap (~ mile 2327.5) to the north boundary of Norse Peak Wilderness (~ mile 2343.7).

The Norse Peak Fire started during a lightning storm on August 11, 2017. That storm ignited 13 fires within the Naches Ranger District of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington.

The trail closure is composed of two separate orders because the cascade crest is also the boundary between the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie NF and the Okanogan Wenatchee NF.

In Spring 2018, after the snow has melted, we’ll work with the U.S. Forest Service in the area to scout the trail, assess whether it needs to remain closed and what we can recommend for a detour. We’ll update this page as soon as we have a recommendation.

Seattle Public Utility staff sent us the following important note:
PLEASE get the message out to the thru-hiker community that the PCT closure in WA state, due to the Norse Peak Fire, does not allow hiking on/in the Cedar River Watershed. The Cedar River Watershed is owned by the City of Seattle (90,000+ acres) and is the unfiltered water source for almost a million people. Trespass onto City property is a misdemeaner and heavily enforced. Hikers are ending up near Ravensdale WA with almost no options to get back to the trail. Going NW through the Green Watershed is bascially a dead-end without walking along major highways (Highway 18 to 90).

Mountain Fire closure on Mt. San Jacinto

November 16th, 2017

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 remains closed from Spitler Trail (mile 168.6) north to Tahquitz Valley Trail (mile 177.3).

The Pacific Crest Trail was extensively damaged with up to 2 miles of the trail being lost as a result of damages caused by the Mountain 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.

Detour information

We’re working on new maps that will show the route from the Spitler Peak Trail to Idyllwild and then back to the PCT.

Portion of official PCT closed in Crater Lake National Park

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October 12th, 2017

The official PCT is closed from the intersection with the Lightning Springs Trail (mile 1825) to the North Entrance Road (~mile 1836.7). 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 remain in place at least through early summer 2018.

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.

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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

Holcomb Fire near Big Bear, Calif.

July 6th, 2017

The Holcomb Fire started on June 19th near Big Bear, California. The fire is out but the trail remains closed.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed for about one mile from Holcomb Valley Road (paved road 3N08) at mile 268 to about mile 269. We do not know at this time when the trail will reopen.

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

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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.

Maps

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.

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Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton