Section E Oregon

July 4, 2012

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Hwy 58 trail north to the Maiden Peak saddle is reported clear of snow and blow down.

Irish/Taylor lake, trail north reports of 3 mi of light patchy snow, 4mi of heavy snow with the PCT difficult to follow and 3mi of patchy snow to the tr3510 Jtn which is clear. 50+ blow downs in 10 miles.

May 14, 2012

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Snowmelt in Northern OR and Southern WA is progressing much more swiftly than it has in the past couple of years. If the warm weather pattern continues, we expect melt-out at the 5000-foot level by early to mid-July, and at the 6000 foot level by late July to early August. Of course, there will always be pockets on north-facing slopes and under dense canopy that hold snow longer. Please be prepared with navigational tools to find your way in case the trail is obscured.

July 31, 2011

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7/29 to 7/30..encountered 1+ mile stretches of snow from McKenzie 242 to Sisters 126/20 while not technical, you will need very good orientation skills, great map and compass. lost the trail a few times and ended up cutting this section short.

thanks to hiker “Brad” we followed your tracks for much of the Sisters Section!! couldn’t have done it without you!

Blazes are missing. some red paint on trees, fewer blue diamonds, very few PCT signs. Most often nothing in this section. Be careful and be SMART!

July 14, 2011

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Hwy 242 is open to vehicles as of 7/15/11. The PCT still has plenty of snow on it, of course. Don’t forget that there are length limits for trailers on 242.

July 13, 2011

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From Windigo pass to White Pass, the PCT is really holding snow this year. In general, snowmelt is about 3-4 weeks later than normal. As of mid-July there is still snow cover on well over half the trail. We expect snow cover to remain at the highest elevations and the northeast facing slopes until mid-August. If you venture out, please be prepared with the appropriate navigational tools. If you are looking for snow-free hiking we suggest the Columbia River area, or the Clackamas Lake/Warm Springs area.