Southern Oregon – Soda Mountain Wilderness – Pilot Rock area storm damage

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By: Justin Rohde
January 21st, 2015

Multiple trees down along the Pacific Crest Trail northeast of the Pilot Rock trail juncture. The trail is blocked by at least a half dozen trees and some areas are challenging to get around. I only went about a mile or two northeast of Pilot Rock, so I imagine there are many more trees down I did not see…

Finding Annie Springs Trail 8/24/2014

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By: cb97123
September 17th, 2014

I day hiked the “Hikers PCT” from the Rim Drive intersection (Road 1841) to Hwy 62 and the trail is spectacular. However, I found several “through hikers” wandering Mazama Campground looking for the Annie Springs Trail, based on bad information. From the parking lot between the Mazama store (showers 75 cents/4 minutes) and the Restaurant, go north (out) the campground access road and continue north on an unmarked dirt road just as the access road turns west. This dirt road turns into trail and crosses the paved Rim Dr. road just west of a bridge with a sign for the Annie Springs Trail. If you miss the unmarked dirt road, you can head north on Rim Dr. road (away from the park entrance booth) to the bridge and signed trail. Going into the campground is the wrong direction.

Camp Creek Complex – Sky Lakes Wilderness

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September 15th, 2014

As of September 15th, the PCT is open again in this area.

The Camp Creek Complex, including the 790 fire near the PCT, is on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southern Oregon. Fire 790 burned near mile 1803 to mile 1805.5. Multiple other small fires burned near the PCT.

Fire 790 with IR data published 8/7/14 5:18:00 AM

Fire 790 with IR data published 8/7/14 5:18:00 AM

Camp Creek Complex with MODIS and IR layers. MODIS from 2:45 p.m. on 8.4.14. IR layer from 8/4/14 7:51:00 AM

Camp Creek Complex with MODIS and IR layers. MODIS from 2:45 p.m. on 8/4/14. IR layer from 8/4/14 7:51:00 AM

Fire at Mile 1806 on August 12, 1pm

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By: Jerry Harvwy
August 13th, 2014

There is a small fire at mile 1806 at 1pm August 12 started by lightning. No wind and some moisture present now. Forest service is aware and is dealing with numerous lightning strikes in the area.

Reported by phone by Todd Harvey (UberDude) hiking the trail in that area.

Muskrat Fire – Three Sisters Wilderness

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August 8th, 2014

The PCT remains open but the closure area uses the trail as it’s border. The fire is burning east of the PCT.

The Muskrat Fire, ½ mile from Muskrat Lake and 2 miles northwest of Cultus Lake, was reported at approximately 12:45 p.m. on 8/7/14 and quickly grew to 30 acres. The blaze is burning on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest.

The southern end of the closure is around Irish and Taylor Lakes (labeld Forest Road 600, unpaved on Halfmile’s maps) at PCT mile 1937. The northern end of the closure is around the Top Lake Trail (Tr. No. 3510)  at PCT mile 1946.8. Again, the PCT is not closed.

Closure order: Map_Muskrat_ClosureOrder_06-01-01-14-02_08082014; Muskrat_ClosureOrder_06-01-01-14-02_08082014

Published 8/8/14

Published 8/8/14

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McKenzie Pass to Elk Lake 7/30 – 8/1

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By: cb97123
August 5th, 2014

Good trail conditions and plenty of water. Lots of lava and a few snow banks still near North Sister. A few blow-down logs across the trail that are easy to step over. The log locations are near Glacier Way Trail, Foley Ridge Trail, and Mesa Creek.