Section F Oregon

July 10, 2011

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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 21, 2011

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The PCT is generally snow-free from Timothy Lake south past Clackamas Lake and onto the Warm Springs Reservation. There are still patchy drifts on north-facing slopes, but they are manageable.

June 16, 2011

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Hwy 242, The McKenzie Pass highway, remains closed to vehicles between the East and West snow gates. Plowing has opened a single passage to 1.5 miles beyond Windy Point on the east side. Bicyclists and hikers may use this path but watch for winter debris, possibly icy sections, fresh snow(!) and ODOT workers in the area.

The Bear Valley, Jack Lake and Santiam Pass trail heads are open to vehicles with limited parking. Expect full snow cover on all trails around 5000ft.

June 6, 2011

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ODOT reports a survey team found 30-50ft drifts of snow on Hwy 242, The McKenzie Pass Highway. Therefore, they can give no estimate for an opening date for access to Lava Camp Lake or the PCT trail head on the west side of the summit.
There are no plans to plow the road ahead of a natural melt out.
It is possible that the west side of Hwy 242 will remain closed for the entire Summer.

June 1, 2011

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As of June 1st, this section of trail is still under quite a heavy snow load. Unless we have an unforseen major snow melt event, you may want to consider pushing trips back a couple of weeks this summer.