Oregon

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!

snow pack too deep to find trail – Deschutes National Forest

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By: Rachel Guthrie
July 12th, 2017

As of last week, the initial PCT section of the Diamond Peak Loop (after cutting over from Yoran Lake) was covered in at least 6-10 feet of snow and we had to turn back before even reaching our first night to camp. Those experienced at using GPS and who have appropriate snow gear might succeed but we did not (we were stopping every 10 minutes to consult GPS and topo maps as trail was hidden and frequently found ourselves off course). Due to the melting snow, the mosquito populations are dense and mosquito netting, bug spray and clothing head to toe is recommended.

Early season snow has now covered section D

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By: Adda
October 26th, 2016

Recent storms have dropped significant early snow on this section. Snow line seems to be ~5300ft, so most of this section is now under snow. Some patches are only ankle deep, but a few days ago it was up to knee deep in other areas. There is enough snow to make spotting the trail challenging. Cut fallen logs are still visible, so that helps spot the trail. Blazing is so-so, and combined with limited visibility conditions to spot topographical landmarks non-GPS navigation could be challenging through this area. It has been raining on the snow so it’s heavy and wet currently. Melting may occur near 6000ft, but there is enough snow I think likely this section will not melt out again before true winter. Plenty of water from snow and snow melt streams. Forest road 60 up to windigo pass PCT trailhead has over a foot of snow on it near the pass, making trailhead access difficult. High-clearance 4WD vehicle with snow tires required.

Highway 62 to Highway 140

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By: cb97123
August 24th, 2016

The trail within the National Park is in perfect condition, however there is a significant number of blown down logs across the trail in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Many logs to go around between the park boundary and Sevenmile Trail (1802) and again between Snow Lakes Trail and Mt. McLoughlin Trail. The only good water on trail is near Cliff Lake (1798) and Christi Spring (1782), Honeymoon Creek is stagnant and Jack Spring is putrid.

Crater Lake Rim to Highway138

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By: cb97123
August 8th, 2016

The day before the Bybee fire closed down the west rim road, I visited the lake (smoky) and day hiked from the North Rim access road to Highway 138 (North Crater Trailhead parking area). The trail is in excellent condition, evidence of recent work to clear logs is everywhere – Thanks! Once you come down off the rim, the walk is a dry stretch of lodgepole pine forest. Immediately after crossing Highway 138, you start hopping logs again.