Equestrian Issue

Wash-outs near Cispus Basin

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By: Steve Ghan
August 18th, 2014

I hiked the PCT south from Snowgrass Flat to Sheep Lake on Saturday August 16. Attached are photos of the major washout, plus minor washouts you might want to know about.

The major washout is about 1/4 mile north of Cispus Basin. I estimate the depth about 8 feet and the width 4-6 feet. As you can see, the washout extends 100s of feet upstream and downstream from the trail. Hikers are hiking above the washout without too much trouble. Horses could possibly be walked above, but I’m not a horse rider so I can’t say if it is passable for horses.

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Cispus Pass/Goat Rocks

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By: Bubba
August 18th, 2014

Several storm cells hit the Goat Rocks area on August 12th. The trail just south of Cispus Pass where it briefly crosses the Yakama Reservation suffered heavy rain and has a washout. Hikers have been able to cross with caution, but the tread is too unstable for stock.

Washington Section K

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By: Eeyore
August 12th, 2014

A friend and I walked from Rainy Pass to Stevens Pass from August 2 through the 8th. The trail was generally easy to follow, and snow was not a problem with only a few patches in the high passes. The periodic brushy conditions between Stehekin and Red Pass were much more troublesome, sometimes being shoulder high on 6 foot men. There were also quite a few windfalls, up to 6 feet in diameter, with lots of water on, or crossing, the trail. All in all the wildflowers in full bloom and the amazing vistas made up for the trail conditions.

Pasayten Wilderness – horse issues

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By: Bob Woods
July 18th, 2014

North of Rainy Pass the trail gets rough and the snow lingers on the north facing slopes into late-August/early-September. There are two rockslides that took place in the summer of 2013 that you’ll have to deal with.

The first is between Glacier Pass and Tatie Peak and the second is between Rock Pass and Woody Pass. You can dismount andwalk through the first rockslides with some caution. The second rockslides are impassible for stock and require a detour. From Holman Pass, head down Trail #427A to Trail #427 to the Pasayten Airport. Take the Boundary Trail #533 west to Castle Pass back to the PCT.

Glacier Peak Wilderness – horse issues

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By: Bob Woods
July 11th, 2014

From Stevens Pass, it is still recommended to trailer stock north to the Buck Creek Trailhead thus avoiding the Glacier Peak Wilderness. The area hasn’t seen maintenance in over a decade due to flooding and access issues. This will be a major focus area for maintenance in 2015 once access is restored.

Buck Creek Trail #1513 (9.5 miles) to Buck Creek Pass (where it becomes Buck Creek Pass Trail #789). The trail is in decent condition. Respect private property at Trinity by staying on the trail as you pass through.

Buck Creek Pass Trail #789 (5 miles) to the PCT. The trail is rough in places.

Alpine Lakes Wilderness – horse issues

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By: Bob Woods
July 11th, 2014

North of Snoqualmie Pass the trail becomes very difficult even for expert riders. There are some steep drop offs with very narrow trail tread. The first detour you’ll encounter is in the middle of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness at Lemah Creek where the bridge is washed out and is impassable for stock. Riders can detour via the Pete Lake Trail #1323 to the Lemah Meadows Trail #1323.2 to reconnect to the PCT. The next one is near Cathedral Rock and Deception Pass. Riders can detour via Cathedral Pass Trail #1345 to the trailhead and back up the Deception Pass Trail #1376. Both of these are short detours to avoid dangerous stream crossings.

South: Cascade Locks to Jefferson Park 6/26-7/4 2014.

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By: Mark Painter (Rainier)
July 8th, 2014

Conditions good, though wet, S. On the PCT. Narrow, slippery log over the Sandy River. Snow on the last 3 miles to Timberline Lodge, but no trouble following footprints and using Halfmile App on my phone. Nice down from the Lodge. Awesome from Barlow Pass to Warm Springs River. Hundreds of trees down on trail from the river to Jude Lake due to beetle kill. I counted a dozen in a hundred yards. Mosquitos pretty heavy from Jude Lake on. Trees cleared by the Muleskinners after Jude Lake. Sam at Olallie Lake said no one has gotten through to Hwy 20 due to snow. We tried it. Steep snow chutes and slopes. If I’d had crampons and an ax and more battery power for GPS, I might have pushed on. Perilous in Cascadias. Turned back. Did Eagle Creek on the way back to the Locks. Awesome as always.