Equestrian Issue

Trail clear of snow from Bridge of the Gods to Crest Horse Camp mile2206

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By: John Verburg
March 10th, 2015

I just walked (February 12) from the Bridge of the Gods to Crest Horse Camp (mile 2206) and the entire trail is clear of snow. There were a couple of minor patches (less than 1 foot deep and less than 20 feet long) just north of Big Huckleberry Mt., but with the warm weather even those should be gone by next week.

There are about 3-4 downed trees across the trail per mile but can be easily stepped over or around for walkers. Horses will have difficulty without about half a dozen. So if on a horse bring the appropriate gear to remove the obstacles.

A nice early hike.

Between MP 190.5 to MP 205.7

By: Linda Clark-O'Brien
January 21st, 2015

MP 196.0 Maintenance: cutting back on overgrown chaparral

MP 196.5 – MP 197.25 Hazard: Trail sliding down sideways on very steep slope with very little vegetative cover. Needs more than re-benching.

MP 200.75 Equestrian issue: 10-15 feet of trail literally gone where trail crossed over a steep watercourse rock chute – only a goat can cross it

Southern Oregon – Soda Mountain Wilderness – Pilot Rock area storm damage

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By: Justin Rohde
January 21st, 2015

Multiple trees down along the Pacific Crest Trail northeast of the Pilot Rock trail juncture. The trail is blocked by at least a half dozen trees and some areas are challenging to get around. I only went about a mile or two northeast of Pilot Rock, so I imagine there are many more trees down I did not see…

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.