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TRAIL CONDITIONS: 8.08.18

Oregon Forecast: Hot and Hazy

It’s been pretty hot and hazy across much of Oregon for the past few days, and that trend is looking to continue. We’ll see a brief respite over the weekend, with slightly cooler temps and a chance of showers, then things will creep back up into next week. Air quality and visibility is pretty poor out there with all the fires burning so, combined with the heat, try not to overexert yourself—and make sure you’re staying hydrated. The good news is that we seem to have moved past mosquito season, and with no closures in effect, it’s clear sailing across the state.

Thanks to our fellow PCT author Tami Asars, who picked up the reporting baton here in Oregon when we had to jump off the trail a few weeks ago. Much of this report’s info and photos come courtesy of Tami. If you’re out there hiking the PCT in Oregon and have conditions info to share, send us an email with your update. 

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WEATHER

ALERT: A heat advisory has been issued for the central Oregon area thru Thursday. Air quality thru much of Oregon will be poor due to wildfire smoke and excessive heat. 

The heat wave across Oregon continues this week and will carry into next week. Daytime highs along the Crest will remain in the 70s across much of the state. Temps in the lower valleys and in some of the open, central areas may reach into the 90s. Things will cool a bit over the weekend, with next week looking at daytime temps in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Overnights will be cool in the 40s and 50s. For area-specific weather reports, visit our conditions page and click the icons for the latest regional forecasts.

WATER

ALERT: Hikers have reported a dead horse in Russell Creek (HM 2031.9). You should not draw water from downstream of the carcass. Be extra vigilant for animals that may be prowling in the area.

CREEKS, SPRINGS & LAKES: Most of these water sources remain reliable, with the best options at any of the larger lakes and ponds on or near the trail. Many springs and smaller creeks still have some water, though recent reports indicate that this is beginning to dwindle. Latest updates:

  • Honeymoon Creek is dry (HM 1802.1)
  • Six Horse Spring is a trickle; proceed below the stagnant pools (HM 1872.1+0.5)
  • Limiti Creek is dry (HM 2054.6); proceed to nearby Trooper Spring (HM 2055) 

PUMPS & FAUCETS: The pump at Brown Mtn Shelter has been fixed and is usable (HM 1763.3). The faucet at Hyatt Lake has been turned off (HM 1742.8).

WATER CACHES: Hiker reports indicate that caches at Red Cone TH (CLNP; HM 1839.2), Thielsen Wilderness Boundary (HM 1848.4), and Windigo Pass (HM 1878.3) still have water available. This could change at any time depending on the number of hikers passing thru. It’s best not to rely on caches and be prepared by carrying a little extra. Click here for the full Oregon Water Report.

WILDFIRES

There are more than 10 wildfires currently burning in Oregon, but no PCT closures are currently in effect. However, wildfire smoke is greatly contributing to poor air quality and limited visibility along the Crest. For the latest up-to-date fire info in Oregon, visit InciWeb.

ROADS & TRAILHEADS

All major roads and highways accessing the PCT in Oregon are open.

TRAIL ALERTS & CLOSURES

Hikers should continue to expect above-average blowdown in many areas along the Crest, especially in recently burned areas. Trail crews are tackling as much as they can, but in wilderness areas where work has to be done by hand, it can be slow going. The Forest Service recommends that hikers not loiter or camp in burn areas, and avoid hiking thru these areas if high winds are occurring.

ALERT: PCT from north Sky Lakes Wilderness to south CLNP. (PCT: OR: Sec. 2 miles 33–44; HM: 1807–1818)  This area was heavily damaged from last year’s Blanket Creek Fire, with significant portions of the trail destroyed and lots of downed trees and debris. Several hikers have reported getting lost in this area. Use a map and compass or GPS to navigate and help you stay on track.

CLOSED: PCT from Bybee Camp to Bald Crater Loop* in Crater Lake National Park. (PCT: OR: Sec. 2, miles 55–60; HM: C10–C11, miles 1829–1834) Hikers can use the Rim Trail alternate route.

CLOSED: Whitewater Creek Trail in Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. This trail connects the PCT with a trailhead on the west side of the Crest. Hikers can use the Woodpecker or Pamelia Lake trails as alternates.

ALERT: PCT from Indian Springs to Cascade Locks in Mt. Hood Forest and Columbia River Gorge. (PCT: OR: Sec. 6, miles 31–50; HM: G5–G8, miles 2128–2147) The Forest Service has implemented a 25-foot buffer zone thru this area that was burned in the Eagle Creek fire last year. Hikers must stay within 25 feet of the trail for all camping and toilet use. More info here.

CLOSED: Eagle Creek Trail in Columbia River Gorge. This popular alternate route from Indian Springs/Wahtum Lake to Cascade Locks remains indefinitely closed. Hikers should stick with the official PCT, or use the Herman Creek Trail as an alternate-alternate route.

Are you weekend, section- or thru-hiking any of the PCT in Oregon? If you are, send us an email with info and a few photos on what you’re seeing out there. We’ll share your news with fellow PCT hikers so we can all stay safe and in-the-know.

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