Oregon

Section D over Labor Day Weekend

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By: cb97123
September 20th, 2018

I hiked from Highway 58 (Willamette Pass) to Highway 138 (North Crater Trailhead) utilizing the OST alternate north of Windigo Pass. The trail is in excellent shape with only sporadic logs across the trail that are easy to step over or around, a couple may be issues for Equestrians between Windigo and Maidu. The OST alternate is well signed and easy to navigate, even though it looks challenging on the maps. Lakes are down across the region, but water is available at all lakes/ponds on the OST alternate and at Maidu Lake (which I think is a better/easier water source than Six Horse Spring).

Blanket Creek Fire in Sky Lakes Wilderness, Oregon

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October 4th, 2017

Sky Lakes Wilderness is open again after multiple fires in 2017.

While the trail is open, you should be careful. Hazards in recent burn areas may include: loose soils, rocks and trail tread, burned stump holes, hazard trees, unstable terrain and flash flooding and debris flows.

 

 

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.

Hazardous snow conditions on Crater Lake’s rim

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By: Ian
July 13th, 2017

As of mid-July, Crater Lake NP staff is asking PCT hikers to avoid walking the Rim trail due to hazardous snow conditions and road construction on the West Rim Drive. PCT hikers are being asked to stay on the official PCT route west of the Rim. And please note, due to the lingering snow pack on the PCT some sections of the PCT have not been logged out yet. So, please plan accordingly. Hikers can visit the Rim Village to view the lake but please return to the main PCT route as you continue your journey. The PCTA and CLNP staff thank-you. Good luck and be safe!