Trail Maintenance Issue

Glacier Peak Wilderness Largely Inaccessable to Stock

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By: Michael Hanley
December 22nd, 2021

The Pacific Crest Trail in the Glacier Peak Wilderness is largely inaccessible to equestrian use due to significant numbers of large fallen logs.

The PCT between Baekos Creek (approximately Halfmile 2509) and the Suiattle River Trail (approximately Halfmile 2540) is blocked by numerous down trees, washouts, and narrow sections of tread. Long distance riders are advised to trailer around these obstacles.

Logs, some as large as 6 feet in diameter, make the trail impassable to equine north of Sitkum Creek and on the climb up towards Vista Ridge (~2534). There are no convenient ways to get around these obstacles.

Equestrian obstacles in the Mount Hood region

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By: Leif
September 10th, 2021

PCTA Mount Hood Chapter logouts and efforts by all have greatly improved the trail after significant windstorm damage around Mt Hood. The section near Buck Peak, (TR#615 – 3/4 mile South, to 3 miles North) has not been cleared. It’s not as bad as the other areas were, but still not passible for stock.

The areas around the Zigzag Canyon and Little Zigzag Canyon are not yet to the point where they are stock friendly. Getting in and out of these two canyons requires some tricky equestrian skills to get up and down the steep backs and around the rocks.

Grider Creek Drainage, Trees and Overgrowth

By: Brandon Kynsi
April 12th, 2021

As of mid-April 2021, the trail through the 2014 Happy Camp Complex burn area from at least the Paradise Lake to Grider Creek Campground (1628.0-1646.9) has quite a few burnt fallen trees per trail mile at lower elevations with some small-diameter overgrowth in patches. The trail cut itself is in great shape and very navigable in this section, but expect to be slowed a little by these obstacles. The old burnt logs in this area frequently attract ant colonies just under the bark as the wood rots so use caution when brushing against or sitting on these logs.