Trail Maintenance Issue

Blasting closure of JMT/PCT in Lyell Canyon on September 21st

By: Dave Kari
September 17th, 2014

Trail crews will be using explosives on the PCT/JMT in Lyell Canyon on the morning of Sunday Sept 21, 2014 at approximately 11:00 AM, with Monday Sept 22, 2014 as an alternative date. This blasting will be performed as part of the rerouting of The Pacific Crest/John Muir Trail about 1/3 mile north of the Ireland Creek Jct.
There will be a travel delay for north/south traffic for up to 1 hour at this time.
For questions or concerns please contact Dave Kari 379-1293.

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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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.

Snoqualmie Pass to White Pass

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By: The Professor
July 18th, 2014

Just hiked completed Section I (going SOBO) from 7/13/14 – 7/17/14. The trail is in good shape (only the occasional blowdown) from Snoqualmie Pass (I-90) to Chinook Pass (Highway 410). Just a few patches of snow, perhaps 100 yards total out of the 60 miles in this subsection.

South of Chinook Pass (Highway 410) down to White Pass (Highway 12) there is more snow. Still the trail is actually about 98% clear, but those 2% are a bit irksome and might take as much as 10 seconds for you to relocate the trail from time to time. Also occasional blow downs, but nothing serious.

I heard rumors from NOBO hikers that the Goat Rocks are still really deep in snow as of mid-July, so hikers beware.

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.

Motorbike use

June 10th, 2014

My son’s and I use the trail to scout other hikes and climbs we choose to accomplish. Last week we were twenty-four miles north of Sierra City at A-Tree springs. There is no markings on the north side of the road for PCT. A young man rode his motorcycle from there to the American River on the PCT. It is amazing how much damage a powerful dirt bike does to the trail. It would be nice to have the “No Motorized Vehicles” placard placed into this location.