Oregon

Oregon Section G – Barlow Pass to Preachers Peak 6/8-6/11

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By: Redtail
June 15th, 2015

Very light snow year. Snow is already COMPLETELY melted off trail, except for 20-foot stretch near Timberline. A number of small downed trees near Barlow Pass, but otherwise, Hood-area trail is clear and clean.

Water access abundant with a number of on-trail creeks flowing; special mention to an on-trail spring at mile 2109.5 JSO ridge above Zigzag River. Zigzag is an ankle ford. Sandy was knee- to thigh-high with strong current at an evening crossing. We heard from southbounders that the bridge was still washed out at Muddy Fork, and to avoid an even worse ford we took the Ramona Falls/Timberline Trail alternate route. NOT recommended! There are three bad washouts on steep cliffsides on the north side of Yocum Ridge, dangerous to traverse with a full pack. However, the three Muddy Fork crossings on the Timberline alternate route were calf- to knee-high with mild current.

From Lolo Pass to approximately 1 mile north of the Preachers Peak saddle, trail is clear but mosquitoes are extremely aggressive. On-trail streams flowing both JNO the pass and on the switchbacks beneath Preachers Peak.

Snow near Mt. Thielsen

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By: Susy
June 15th, 2015

Attempted OR section D on June 4. Three miles north of Hwy 138 started hitting up to 5′ snow drifts over trail; still navigable. Some downed trees, nothing big. Near Mt. Thielsen Trail met two southbound hikers who came from Windigo Pass, said 9’+ drifts for about 15 miles on and off between Thielsen & Windigo, especially around Sawtooth.

Large fallen trees 1740-1757

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By: Dale
April 22nd, 2015

Early to Mid March(when I traveled)

Lots of large fallen trees over trail starting around 1740(Hobart Bluff) and gets significantly more frequent and difficult to cross near 1749(Hyatt Prairie Rd)thru to 1757(Howard Prairie Lake).

Fallen tree obstacles likely could have continued father along trail but that is where I stopped.

Hiking- Fairly easy to climb over most, unless multiple trees on top each other or navigate off the path to go around id too difficult.

Equestrian- Could become difficult. Most trees are likely too big to jump, but can be circumnavigated. A few trees fell over the trail that was traveling on the side of steep slopes which would dangerous to cross near there.