Section C Oregon

Bad Blowdown/Deadfall Conditions in Crater Lake NP

By: Bill Grampyfoot Pieper
July 22nd, 2023

August 9 update: National Park Service crews along with Northwest Youth Corps are about 2/3 done with clearing down trees in the park and they are still working.  Thank you!

Within Crater Lake NP, from about mile 1,824 at Dutton Creek to mile 1,849 at OR Highway 138, the PCT is all but obliterated by layers of fallen trees that look like they hadn’t been cleared for at least two years. With only 150- or 200-yard islands of open trail here and there, our pace was cut in half and took double the normal effort. By contrast, all the trails in neighboring Umpqua NF were in great shape. Crater Lake NP needs to give the PCT a little higher priority when it comes to maintenance.

Significant snow at Crater Lake National Park

By: Ian Nelson
June 15th, 2022

Please be aware, Crater Lake National Park has seen quite a bit of late season snow fall. Wintry travel conditions persist on the PCT and the Crater Lake Rim as of mid-June with as much as six feet of snow in places above 5,500′. If attempting to travel through the Park please be prepared to navigate accurately and travel safely which may necessitate appropriate equipment such as snow shoes.