Section F Oregon

July 13, 2012

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Dayhike from Santiam Wagon Road to Washington Ponds and back on 7/13/12.

A few step over logs across the trail. A few snow patches starting near Coldwater Spring. Quite a bit of snow at Washington Ponds…But no problems navigating.

Washington Ponds are mostly iced and snow covered. However, the water at the edges already looks putrid.

July 12, 2012

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Mt Jefferson Wilderness Area; Milk Ck crossing avalanche field.

The avalanche field at this crossing is being undercut by Milk Ck and is becoming potentially dangerous to cross on the snow bridge. Use extreme caution in selecting a crossing route!

June 28, 2012

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The trail head parking at Hwy 20/22 is free of snow. Expect snow within 1mi going North however the PCT can be followed to Three Fingered Jack due to climber activity.
Trail status beyond that point is unknown.

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.

October 11, 2011

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Hiked from Santiam Pass to Highway 35 September 22-27. All sections clear of snow. Bad blowdown of trees from Mile 2017 to 2018. Trail can be followed but trees and trail need maintenance. Overgrown brush between Mile 2034 and 2035 north of Milk Creek. Trail can be followed but trail crew should plan to cut brush in the next year of so. No bugs out.

September 7, 2011

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UPDATE 9/13/2011: THIS CLOSURE HAS BEEN LIFTED.

The PCT is closed north of Olallie Lake due to the Badger Butte Fire. At this time the closure is from the Triangle Lake Horse Camp area at the PCT/Forest Service Road 4220, to the just south of the Clackamas Lake Campground where the PCT crosses Road 42.

September 4, 2011

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The PCT remains closed between 242 and 20. Due to the recently expanded closure area around Mt Washington, the USFS has TERMINATED the current PCT DETOUR that was put in place just yesterday. In addition, the Sisters and McKenzie RD have decided not to provide another mapped and signed PCT reroute option at this time. This is due in part because of the potential for additional closure area modifications and the lack of options outside the current closure area. We will post Highway 20 and 242 trailheads with area maps, so hikers will have a general understanding of the surrounding area (this was requested by hikers). All reroute information that was placed at trailheads has been removed.

For More Information please contact Fire Information at: 541-595-6359.