Trail Report: October 2
Drawing Down for the Season
Hello PCT hikers! Thanks for following us this hiking season. This is our final weekly report for the 2017 season. Through the off-season, we’ll be catching up on gear reviews and hiker interviews, adding some new resources, getting our newsletter back on track, and helping you start planning your 2018 PCT adventures. With all of the fire activity this summer, there’s likely to be some changes in store in the coming years. We’re still gathering info and reaching out to land managers and will have updates as they become available. Follow us on Facebook for the latest info.
The outlook for the coming week looks like we might get some nice hiking conditions with favorable weather and reductions in some of the fire closure areas. Recent rains have also been replenishing water sources, so many smaller springs and creeks are starting to come back to life. Plus, we’re starting to see fall colors blossoming on the Crest, with huckleberry bushes and vine maples turning brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red. It’s a good time to tromp some trail!
It will be chilly this week, but mostly sunny and clear. Daytime temps across Oregon’s Crest will start the week in the chilly high 30s and low 40s, and inch up to the high 50s as the week progresses. Overnight temps will range from the high 20s to low 40s, with most higher elevations remaining near freezing. Most regions may see a slight chance of snow showers early in the week before skies clear.
Click on the links below for detailed forecasts.
Recent rain, snow and cooler temps have helped dampen most of the wildfires across the state. Despite this, most closure areas remain in effect as fire crews continue mopping up and officials assess damage and safety concerns. Most of these areas are not expected to reopen for hiking this year, and we anticipate extended closures next year for possible trail repairs.
Click on the following links for the latest info and trail closure maps.
- HIGH CASCADES COMPLEX – Sky Lakes Wilderness, Crater Lake NP
- HORSE CREEK COMPLEX – Three Sisters Wilderness (Willamette)
- MILLI FIRE – Three Sisters Wilderness (Deschutes)
- WHITEWATER FIRE – Mt. Jefferson Wilderness
- EAGLE CREEK FIRE – Columbia River Gorge
Most water sources thru Oregon have been fairly reliable this year, and recent rain and snow are already recharging creeks and springs. Following area a few sources to be aware of.
Brown Mtn Shelter (OR mile 72; PCT mile 1761) — Pump handle has not been replaced; do not count on water here.
Six Horse Spring (OR mile 181; PCT mile 1,870) — Water is best from lower pools.
Lemiti Creek (OR mile 363; PCT mile 2052) — Not reliable; use Trooper Spring 1 mile north.
You can get the full water conditions update at the PCT Water Report.
The following roads access primary or secondary PCT trailheads. Most secondary and Forest Roads (FR) are not open and/or maintained during the winter season. Listed south to north.
Crater Lake National Park – West Rim Road is closed midweek for construction; open weekends only. Mazama Village is now closed for the winter; the Rim Village Cafe is open.
Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway (OR-46) – Road is open, however some trailheads remain closed.
McKenzie Pass Hwy (OR-242) – Road is closed between Hwy 126 and Sisters; McKenzie Pass is not accessible.
I-84 – The highway thru the Columbia River Gorge has reopened, however many of the trailhead exits remain closed; the Historic Columbia River Hwy (US-30) remains closed.
Check Oregon’s road conditions at ODOT.
Caring for Trails
Our friends at Granite Gear continue doing great things to advocate for and promote clean trails. Check out this short story about one of this year’s Pacific Crest Trail Grounds Keeper hikers.
Start planning your 2018 PCT hike with the most comprehensive Oregon PCT guidebook available. And want even more Oregon PCT info? Watch for upcoming events near you!
Want to be a part of PCT: Oregon and help your fellow PCT hikers? We’re looking for a few new contributors who have a knack for wordsmithing and can take snappy photos. Send us an email with your PCT experience and interests.
The information on this page is collected from a variety of sources, including NOAA, ODOT, SNOTEL, 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.
Main photo: A fantastic view of Mt. Hood across Timothy Lake, taken from the South Shore Trail, just steps off the PCT. Photo by Eli Boschetto.