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Current Conditions

Some Sun, Some Rain, Still Hikeable

By on October 11, 2016
Current PCT conditions in Oregon for the week of October 11, 2016.

Weather

The big snow forecast for Oregon’s Cascade Range didn’t quite shake out as much as expected. The big peaks got a nice white blanket on their higher reaches, but the low- and mid-elevation areas just got wet. After starting the week with a couple days of sun to dry things out, it looks like Mother Nature is going to try again to drop a little winter on us with heavy rain and wind later in the week and going into the weekend. Temps are going to be cold, so bundle up out there.

Mt. Ashland: The week begins with sun and clear skies, but clouds start building by midweek. Rain is expected to begin by Thursday, with possible rain/snow mix beginning Friday and into the weekend; no accumulation expected. Daytime temps start in the lower 50s and slide into the lower 40s into the weekend; overnight temps begin in the lower 40s and drop into the mid-30s by the weekend.

Sky Lakes: The week begins with sun and clear skies, but it doesn’t last long. Rain is expected to begin by Wednesday night, with rain/snow mix beginning Friday and into the weekend; no accumulation expected. Daytime temps start in the mid-50s and slide into the mid-40s into the weekend; overnight temps begin in the lower 40s and drop into the mid-30s by the weekend.

Crater Lake: The week begins with sun and clear skies, but it doesn’t last long. Rain is expected to begin by Wednesday night, with rain/snow mix beginning Friday and into the weekend; no accumulation expected. Daytime temps start in the upper 40s and slide into the upper 30s into the weekend; overnight temps begin in the upper 30s and dip into the lower 30s by the weekend.

Diamond Peak: The week begins with sun and clear skies, with rain coming in Wednesday night through Thursday, and snow showers beginning Friday and into the weekend; no accumulation expected. Daytime temps start in the mid-50s and plunge into the mid-30s into the weekend; overnight temps begin in the upper 30s and dip into the upper 20s by the weekend.

Three Sisters: The week begins with sun and clear skies, with rain coming in Wednesday night through Thursday, snow showers on Friday and more rain into the weekend; just a trace of accumulation expected. Daytime temps start in the mid-40s and dip into the upper-30s into the weekend; overnight temps begin in the lower 30s and inch up into the mid-30s by the weekend.

McKenzie Pass: The week begins with sun and clear skies, with rain coming in Wednesday night and continuing through the weekend. Daytime temps start in the mid-50s and dip into the mid-40s into the weekend; overnight temps begin in the lower 30s and inch up into the upper 30s by the weekend.

Jefferson Park: The week begins with sun and clear skies, with rain coming in Wednesday night and continuing through the weekend. Daytime temps start in the mid-40s and creep into the lower 40s into the weekend; overnight temps begin in the lower 30s and inch up into the upper 30s by the weekend.

Mount Hood: The week begins with sun and clear skies, with rain coming in Wednesday night through Thursday, snow showers on Friday and more rain into the weekend; just of trace of accumulation expected. Daytime temps start in the mid-40s and dip into the upper-30s into the weekend; overnight temps begin in the lower 30s and inch up into the mid-30s by the weekend.

Cascade Locks: The week begins with sun and clear skies, with rain coming in Wednesday night and continuing through the weekend. Daytime temps start in the lower 60s and creep into the mid-50s into the weekend; overnight temps begin in the mid-30s and climb into the upper 40s by the weekend.

Weather conditions and forecasts are subject to change. Click on individual locations for detailed daily forecasts at NOAA.gov. Check for PCT: Oregon’s midweek updates on Twitter.


Water

As the PCT hiking season nears its end, water conditions reports have tapered off. However, with rain returning to the Cascades, small creeks and springs are beginning to get recharged. Most lakes and larger streams have remained reliable. As snow comes in, many smaller water sources will get buried. If you’re planning fall and winter snow hikes, there should soon be ample fresh white stuff for melting as needed.

For more detailed information on Oregon’s PCT water conditions, visit the PCT Water Report.


Obstructions

Last week saw scattered snow showers along the Cascade Crest. Most of it melted out quickly as snow turned to rain, leaving most accumulated snow in the upper elevations. This week may see trace amounts snow hit the Crest, but significant accumulation is not expected. If you’re planning on fall and winter PCT outings, be sure you’re carrying your map and compass (or GPS) and are comfortable with route-finding in snowy conditions.

Section 6 (G): Timberline Lodge to Cascade Locks

  • NOT RECOMMENDED: Eagle Creek Alternate Route – Despite what other sources may report, the Forest Service is requesting that thru-hikers stick to the official PCT from Wahtum Lake to Cascade Locks and not use the alternate Eagle Creek Trail due to the bridge washout on Tish Creek. In addition to the crossing being unsafe, officials are noticing that hikers ignoring this recommendation are beginning to have a negative impact on the creek’s watershed due to trampling and stream damage. Please be considerate of this recommendation.

Wildfires

There are currently no wildfires or closures that affect the PCT in Oregon.


Critters!

  • Mosquitoes: The coast is clear.
  • Bears: Bear may still be active fattening themselves up in preparation for their winter naps. Make sure you are keeping a clean camp and storing/hanging your food properly.

Hunting Season

Hunting season is now open in Oregon. The burned wilderness areas in Central Oregon (Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson) are popular during the High Cascade Hunt for the good visibility for hunters and the fresh shrubbery for deer. When hiking in these areas, it is advisable to wear bright colors to identify yourself as a hiker, and if hiking with a dog, keep it on leash. More info here.


NOTE: Weekly trail conditions updates will continue through October 2016, then go on hiatus for the winter season when weather is poor and the trail is largely inaccessible. Periodic updates will resume in the spring as areas start to melt out, with weekly updates returning in June 2017.

The information on this page is collected from a variety of sources, including NOAA, PCTA, PCT Water and the U.S. Forest Service. For more information on PCT Conditions in Oregon CLICK HERE. This page will be updated on a weekly basis during the summer hiking season.

If you have trail condition information to contribute, CLICK HERE.
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