TRAIL CLOSURE

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.

Norse Peak Fire near Mt. Rainier, Washington

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October 5th, 2017

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed Chinook Pass (~ mile 2321) to near Forest Road 7037 (near ~mile 2350.5) due to the Norse Peak and Sawmill Ridge Fires.

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.

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Closure map

No current closure map exists.

Getting around this closure

We’ll look into this more next season if the trail remains closed.

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).

East Crater Fire in Indian Heaven Wilderness, Washington

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October 4th, 2017

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed in Indian Heaven Wilderness from Trail No. 111 near Blue Lake (~mile 2202.5) north to Trail No. 176 near Bear Lake (~mile 2205.5) due to the East Crater Fire Closure.

This closure will likely remain in place for the 2018 hiking season. We’ll update this page when the situation changes.

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Closure map

 

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

Cook and Abney Fire between Seiad Valley and Ashland (Miller Complex)

September 3rd, 2017

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Seiad Valley (mile 1654.5) to Wards Fork Gap.

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Closure map

Here is a map of the closure area. This is in addition to the existing Eclipse closure order which bounds the Abney closure to the West. The Red Buttes Wilderness, boundary trail, and access trails (Ft. Goff, Portuguese Creek) remain closed.

Fire maps

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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Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton