June & July 2018:Live from the PCT
For the last couple years, we’ve posted weekly trail conditions updates through the summer season to help hikers stay informed about Oregon’s PCT conditions. This typically included trail updates, weather reports, road and trailhead info, and snow and fire alerts. This summer, we’re changing things up a bit, as we’ll out on the trail for several weeks this June and July, picking up trail trash, and reporting directly from the PCT. Before we hit the trail, we’re posting the latest trail info, along with all the links you need to follow our trail reports, as well as find the other Oregon PCT info you’re looking for.
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Latest Trail News
THE PCT IS OPEN FOR HIKING!
With the reopening of the PCT in the Columbia River Gorge, nearly all 455.2 miles* of trail in Oregon are now hikeable. Recent hiker reports and webcams have indicated that the snow is rapidly melting off, with just residual patches scattered here and there, mostly above 6,000 feet. For the next few weeks, hikers should expect gobs of wildflowers—and hoards of mosquitos!
CURRENT WEATHER FORECAST
This week, Oregon is looking to experience an unseasonably early heat wave, with plenty of sun and temps topping the 90s. Things will cool a bit going into the weekend and remain mild and sunny thru the end of the month. For area-specific weather reports, click on over to our conditions page and click on the weather icon to search for the latest Oregon weather forecasts. Remember, even in summer it can rain and snow in Oregon, so make sure you’re packing your rain gear and insulation wear.
ROADS & TRAILHEADS
As of this week, all major roads and highways accessing the PCT in Oregon are open. This week, ODOT reopened the McKenzie Highway (OR-242), for access to McKenzie Pass and Lava Camp Lake, and all roads in Crater Lake National Park are now open for the summer season. The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway (OR-46) opened last month, granting access to trailheads in the Three Sisters Wilderness and Elk Lake Resort. The Forest Service has also confirmed that FR-20 to Donomore Pass and Skyline Road (FR-4220) to Breitenbush and Olallie lakes are open and (mostly) clear. The southern portion of Skyline Road (from Detroit Lake to Breitenbush) is reported to be in pretty bad shape.
TRAIL ALERTS & CLOSURES
Hikers should expect above-average blowdown in many areas along the Crest, especially in recently burned areas. Trail crews will be getting in to log out obstructions, but early-season hikers may encounter plenty of obstacles until areas are cleared. The Forest Service recommends that hikers not loiter or camp in burn areas, and avoid hiking thru these areas if high winds are occurring.
CLOSED: Annie Spring Trail in Crater Lake National Park. This is a popular connector from Mazama Village to the PCT. Hikers can walk the Crater Lake Hwy (OR-62) between the trail and the village.
CLOSED: *PCT from Bybee Camp to Bald Crater Loop in Crater Lake National Park. (PCT: Oregon: Sec. 2, miles 55–60; Halfmile: 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: Oregon: Sec. 6, miles 31–50; Halfmile: 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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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. We’ll be back with regular updates later this summer!