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June 26, 2012

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We were trying to go north from Fish Lake on 6/18/12 when rangers warned us of 4-foot snow drifts across the trail near Mt. McLaughlin and lots of fallen trees.

They said we would have a lot of post-holing and navigating problems. Rangers said the trail likely won’t be clear for another month at least.

Conditions will be like this all through Sky Lakes Wilderness and past Crater Lake due to late-season snows.

June 5, 2012

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As one PCT user recently reported, snow is lingering on the Trail at Crater Lake NP. This will also be true for the wilderness areas (Sky Lakes and Mt Thielsen) to the north and south of the Park.

June 3, 2012

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6/2/12 I was at Crater Lake South entrance (Mazama Village at 6000′)today and there is 3+ feet of snow at this level and more as you head up to the rim. Crater Lake rec’d 56′ of snow this year which is above the 44′ average.

August 1, 2011

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Started North on Highway 140 (Fish Lake). Hit snow patches north of Mt. McLoughlin Trail junction but was very doable without guidance. Lucifer and Devils’ Peak was a different story. Climbed over deep snow drifts along steep slopes without crampons and full pack. My two dogs had the most fun since they have no fear. Lost trail down north face of Devil’s Peak and wandered around for an hour through steep slopes, downed timber and marshy drainages before finding trail. Proceeded about two miles north of Seven Mile Trail jct. where I hit 100% snow cover in dense forest. I had enough fun on my wilderness adventure the day before so I turned around, was able to text my wife in Klamath Falls to come get me at Seven Mile Trailhead. One small problem, they renumbered the Forest Service Road (formerly 3334) to FS 3134. With no signs how to get to trailhead and many chioces of roads, she wandered around driving for two hours, out of cell phone service looking for me as I walked towards Ft. Klamath. Thank you Forest Service. All finally ended well! I’ll wait one week and try it again.

July 28, 2011

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On 7/25 the snow conditions approaching Lucifer were very challenging. We made the decision it was too risky for us to proceed without an ice axe or crampons so we turned back to Fish Lake. However, we know of two hikers(Marcus and Darryl) who apparently made it through.

July 26, 2011

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7-21 good trail to snow lakes trail, mile 1804 elv 6670. From there the trail around devils peak was to dangerous to traverce. We worked our way down through the trees and rocks and glissaded to the bottom. We walked across the bottom them back to the trail. a half mile up the trail to the switchback at 7320 ft is a huge volume of snow. we glissaded down and walked around the mountain passing over the pct buried in the snow.At cliff lake we followed the creek till we crossed seven lakes trail. For the next 18 miles to crater lake we were off the trail more then on. drifts of 6 to 8 ft and trail buried most of the time. we hit the pumice flat trail and followed it to the hyway, three miles below mazama campground.

July 23, 2011

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Ran into 3-4 ft snow drifts ~15 miles north of 140. Passable with no extra equipment. Mosquitoes are atrocious by Red lake trail area. Drifts get larger as elevation increases to the intersection with the Divide trail. At this point the trail heads to the west and is impassable without crampons and an ice ax. Proceed with caution! We turned around.

July 14, 2011

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On 7/9 NOBO from hwy 140. Trail is snow free to Mc Laughlin Trail junct. Mc L trail to summit is mostly snowed over after first half mile and solid snow by the treeline. 7/10 North of Mc L junct, PCT is alternating snow cover and bare, snow still 1 to 3 feet in old drifts. Twin Ponds Tr. junct. clear, but with increasing snow coverage north. By 1/2 mile south of Christi’s Spring, snow cover in old drifts is 100% in trees, 1 to 3+ feet and trail is completely obscured. Trail not observed north beyond this point.