TRAIL CONDITIONS: 8.29.18
Milder ConditionsReturn to Oregon
Things have finally started cooling off and clearing across much of Oregon. Following an extended heat wave thru much of the last month, and smokey, hazy skies due to wildfires across the West, conditions are improving in some parts of the state for more comfortable trekking across Oregon’s section of the Crest. It’s also a great time to be on the lookout for lots of juicy berries, especially in the Three Sisters and Mt. Jefferson wilderness areas.
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The rest of this week and into the weekend, and moving into next week looks to be consistently sunny and mild across much of Oregon. Daytime highs along the Crest will range from the upper 50s to mid-60s across much of the state. Overnights will be chilly in the lower 40s. For area-specific weather reports, visit our conditions page and click the icons for the latest regional forecasts.
ALERT: Several advisories have been issued for toxic algae blooms in Oregon lakes and rivers. These have become more common during Oregon’s warmer summers. Know how to identify a toxic algae bloom, stay out of these water sources, and DO NOT FILTER OR DRINK CONTAMINATED WATER.
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)
- Hinton Creek is dry (HM 1965.7); fill up at Mesa Creek (1963.0)
- Russell Creek (2031.9): gather water upstream from horse corpse.
- Limiti Creek is dry (HM 2054.6); proceed to nearby Trooper Spring (HM 2055)
- Teakettle Spring is running very low (HM 2139.0); fill at Wahtum Lake (HM 2130.6)
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: Reports on the following caches are a few weeks old: Red Cone TH (CLNP; HM 1839.2), Thielsen Wilderness Boundary (HM 1848.4), and Windigo Pass (HM 1878.3). It’s best not to rely on caches and be prepared by carrying a little extra. Click here for the full Oregon Water Report.
There are eight wildfires currently burning in Oregon, but no PCT closures are currently in effect. However, wildfire smoke is contributing to poor air quality and limited visibility in areas near these incidents. 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.
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