Section G Oregon

Muddy Fork bridge closure

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By: Jack Haskel
January 18th, 2013

The temporary hiker bridge across Muddy Fork is damaged and closed. All trail users will need to ford the Muddy Fork at the equestrian crossing or detour around the crossing. BEWARE: This can be a difficult and dangerous ford, especially during periods of high runoff! Do not enter the water if it looks dangerous. A detour could include heading out the Ramona Falls trailhead road, heading up to the Top Spur trailhead and then rejoining the PCT where it intersects with the Timberline Trail.

July 20, 2012

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I hiked OR Section G 17-19 July. Trail clear from Barlow Pass to easily-crossed snowfields just before Timberline Lodge. After Timberline snow drifts covering trail in many places for several miles. These can be readily crossed with care in kicking steps. I did not need ice axe.

Nice makeshift log bridge, with rope handrails, at PCT crossing of Sandy River. Muddy Fork easily crossed (with care) on couple of logs where PCT first reaches it. Remainder of trail north to Cascade Locks clear and in good condition. I took “official” PCT, not Eagle Creek alternate.

July 17, 2012

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Completed Barlow Pass to Lolo Pass in 1 day. The snow at and just past Timberline lodge made it hard to find the trail, halfmiles gps waypoints saved me. The river crossing were pretty safe and easy to cross. The zigzag river gave me a little trouble with rock hoping.

Day 2 from Lolo Pass to Eagle Creek trailhead. Clear and snow free. Caution!! There was water near mile marker 2125 but then nothing until Indian Springs campground at mile marker 2138!! Also, I was able to get cell phone reception on the ridge that was due west of Lost Lake.

Indian Spring trail to Eagle Creek trail is a very steep, narrow trail that was on the side of a steep hill most of the way. It also has a lot of blowdowns. Eagle creek is one of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever seen, but also one of the scariest. The trail is cut into a cliff face with a sheer drop, a lot of the way. The trail was incredibly rocky, which was not pleasant on my sore and blistered feet.

You can find the track of my trail at sportstracker.com. just use the map to narrow in on mt hood and you’ll see it. My pics are also geotagged to the track.

July 8, 2012

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Just returned from a day hike on the NW side of Mt. Hood. We were mainly hiking on the Timberline Trail but the section of the PCT by Bald Mt appears to have been snow-free for quite some time. We were in this area last year about this time and couldn’t even park at the trail head due to snow. The elevation of the PCT in that area is about 4300 feet. On the Timberline Trail we didn’t encounter snow until we were at about 5300 feet. It was 75 degrees – the snow can’t last much longer!

June 21, 2012

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6-21-12
Hello summer!!!!!
The trail is starting to take shape with this most recent round of warm weather after over a foot of fresh snow fell on areas above 5500′. Patches of snow are lingering above 5100′ in shady / wind-favored locations. Snowpack is 4′-10′ at the 6000′ level on the Southern and Western aspects of Mt. Hood and is going fast.

I’d expect snow-free conditions through all of this section as early as July 10’th so long as weather patterns keep the freezing level above 7000′. It’s 65 degrees, and not a cloud in the sky at Timberline right Meow.

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.