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Trail Alerts

Pacific Northwest Trail Alerts
Last Updated:  3:09pm, September 25th, 2017
Affected Areas:  Sections 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10

The information contained in this alert has been produced in cooperation with our partners at the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and DNR. This alert serves to highlight issues along the trail corridor in one convenient location, so long-distance hikers have easy access to the latest trail conditions, and so other PNT’ers can plan their trips accordingly.

The 2017 maps currently recommend alternates and detours to bypass known issues affecting the Pacific Northwest Trail. Please be advised that third-party map sets, track files, and waypoints may be out-of-date and recommend routes that have been closed in 2017 and previous seasons.

Trail alerts are a free service provided by the Pacific Northwest Trail Association to assist in your enjoyment of the Pacific Northwest Trail.  If you find this information useful, please support our work by becoming a member or making a donation.


SECTION 1 - ROCKY MOUNTAINS

Alert 1-8.  Trail Closures in Glacier National Park

Updated: September 20th
Status - Glacier NP has reopened the Belly River Trail
Map Pages:  001, 003

On September 20th NPS has reopened the Belly River Trail. Be advised that due to Extreme Fire Danger Glacier NP has closed the Waterton Lake Trail (CDT) has also been closed between Goat Haunt (0025P) and Waterton. Also be advised that many of the park's suspension bridges are scheduled for removal during September.

Alert 1-10.  New Closure Order in the Kootenai and Flathead National Forests

Updated: September 25th
Status - The USFS has issued reopened some trails and fire roads in the Kootenai NF
Map Pages:  008 - 010 and 004f, 004g

Due to the evolving nature of the Gibraltar Ridge and Weasel Fires, 2017 thru-hikers are advised to contact the PNTA for recommended detours around the closure. The Ten Lakes Scenic Area is now open, but sections of the PNT to the east of the area remains closed.

The Gibraltar Fire has prompted closures of the primary route of the PNT on the Whitefish Divide Trail #26 between 0087P south to trail #72. The alternate route of the PNT between 072A and 088A remains closed due to the Weasel Fire.  

The following NFS trails are closed:  

Cat Creek Trail #333, Otter Creek Trail #554

Portions of NFS trails are closed:

- Whitefish Divide Trail #26 is closed from its junction with North Fork of Deep Creek Trail #72 north to its junction with Flathead NFS Trail #28
- Williams Creek Trail #73 is closed until its junction with NFS Trail #372 (approximately the first 5 miles of trail).
- Almost one mile of the Blue Sky Trail #74 is closed at its end where it junctions with NFS Trail #26
- Gibralter Trail #335 is closed to its junction with Cat Creek Trail #333

Trails 19, 23, 114, 113, 22, 13, 28, 79, l l, 13, 106 and 26 from the Link Lake TH to the north. 

You can monitor the latest updates concerning the fire HERE.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai/



SECTION 3 - INLAND EMPIRE

Alert 3-1. No access to Lime Lake Road Trailhead east of Metaline Falls, MT
Status - No Access to the west end of the North Fork Tr 507 due to private property issues
Map Pages: 031 - 035

The seldom-used primary route of the PNT between Metaline Falls and the Washington-Idaho border is not recommended for the 2017 season due to multiple known trail condition and private property issues. Instead, the Jackson Creek/ Sullivan Lake alternate is recommended for those thru-hiking in the 2017 season.

Unofficial or outdated data sets may still show this alternate. Hikers are advised that taking this route should be considered trespassing.

The 2017 PNTA map set has been updated to reflect this route change.


Alert 3-2. Deep Lake/ Boundary Road reroute east of Northport, WA

Status - No Access to Black Canyon or O’Hare Creek Road due to private property issues
Map Pages:  038, 039

The former primary route of the PNT between Northport and Cedar Lake is closed for the 2017 season due to private property issues. Instead, the Deep Lake/ Boundary Road reroute is recommended for those thru-hiking in the 2017 season. Unofficial or outdated data sets may still show this route. Hikers are advised that taking this route should be considered trespassing.

The 2017 PNTA map set has been updated to reflect this route change.


Alert 3-6. Wildfires in the Colville and Idaho Panhandle National Forests
Updated: September, 15th

Affected Areas Include PNTA Map Pages:  030-035
 
Status - The Sullivan Lake Ranger District has issued an updated temporary road and trail closure for the Sullivan Lake/Salmo Priest Wilderness area due to the Noisy Creek and Hughes Meadow Fires (see map below). Both fires are burning in heavy timber in steep, rugged terrain and are expected to continue until weather and firefighter access improves.
 
For more Information on these temporary closures, please contact the Newport Ranger Station at (509) 447-7300.
 
This is an evolving situation, and additional closures which may further impact PNT users are possible. You can monitor the developing situation here.
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SECTION 6 - PASAYTEN WILDERNESS

Alert 6-1.  High Fire Danger Level in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

PNT users should be aware that alcohol and twig-burning camp stoves are banned until further notice. www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices/?cid=fsbdev3_053600


Alert 6-5.  The Diamond Creek Fire has prompted a closure of the PNT and Andrews Creek Trail in the Pasayten Wilderness
Updated:  September 19th

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Status:  The Diamond Creek Fire has prompted new trail and road closures in the Pasayten Wilderness effective 9/13. The Boundary Trail #533 / PNT has been closed by the US Forest Service.

Due to moderating fire behavior and completed line construction, areas on the east and west sides of the Diamond Creek Fire are being opened for public use effective September 18. On the west side, Hart’s Pass Road, Robinson Creek and Middle Fork of the Pasaytan River are now open. Open on the east side are Falls Creek, Black Lake, the lower section of Andrew’s Creek and the Chewuch 510 trail to the confluence of Basin Creek. Maps are available at the Diamond Creek Fire InciWeb and Facebook pages. The Pacific Crest Trail remains open at this time. The fire situation can change rapidly and new closures could occur with little advance warning. Complete closure details and maps are available on Inciweb or the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website.

Due to the evolving nature of the Diamond Creek Wildfire, PNT thru-hikers are advised to contact the PNTA office or Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest before visiting the Pasayten Wilderness for detour options around the closures.  Please be prepared for the potential need to reroute your egress from the Pasayten Wilderness. Some late season thru-hikers have chosen to avoid entering Section 6 by finding transportation between Oroville and Ross Lake Resort.

Trails Closed, Effective 9/18

#451 - Dollarwatch -· #451 - East Fork Pasayten/Dollarwatch · #454 – Monument 83 · #455 – Ptarmigan Ridge · #456 – Dean Creek · #458 – Tatoosh Buttes · #459 - Drake Creek · #461 – Border Trail · #470 – Lease Creek · #474 – Eureka Creek from the juction with 474A to Lake Doris · #477 - Hidden Lakes · #484 – Monument Creek · #484.1 - Shellrock · #485 - Tatoosh Buttes · #594 – Remmel Cutoff · #500 - Lake Creek From the north end of Black Lake to the junction with the Boundary Trail #533 · #502 - Larch Creek · #502A - Burch Mtn. · #502B - Drake Creek · #502.1 – Billy Goat · #502.3 – Corral Lake · #503 - Spanish Creek · #504 – Andrews Creek · #505 – Coleman Ridge from junciton with FS Trail #510 to junction with FS Trail #561 · #506 – Parks Pass · #510 – Chewuch – from the junction with Cathedral Driveway Trail #510.1 to the junction with the Boundary Trail #533 · #514 - Diamond Jack· #518 – Falls Creek · #519 – Copper Glance · #523 – Eightmile Ridge · #525 - Peepsight · #525.1 – Spotted Creek · #529 – Sheep Mountain · #532 - Eightmile (Diamond Point) · #533 – Boundary – From the junction with Trail #478 – Robinson Creek to where the trail is southwest of Teapot Dome. · #534 – Tungsten · #537 – Little Andrews – from the junction with Coleman Ridge Trail #505 to just South of Coleman Peak · #538 – Burch Mountain · #545 – Beaver Lake · #547 – Sheep Lake · #548 - McCall Gulch · #565 - Lesamiz · #572 – Bald Mountain

Description of Area Closure

This Order is effective until October 15, 2017, unless rescinded. From 2 miles north of Honeymoon Campground to Billy Goat TrailheadLamb Butte Road Eightmile Ridge Road Goat Creek/Cub Creek Road from County Road 1163 to Cub Pass.  Roundup Creek Road,  Long Creek Road,  West Long Creek Road,  Long Creek Ridge Road,  Whiteface Road,  Goat Creek/Ortell Creek Road,  Blackpine Basin Road,  Flag Mountain Loop Road,  Spokane Gulch Road,  North Goat Peak Road,  Lower Gate Creek Road,  Yellow Jacket Road



SECTION 7 - NORTH CASCADES TO SALT WATER

Note:  Primary route in Section 7 fully updated for 2017

To better aid in navigation, the 2017 map set has been updated to reflect the latest trail conditions on the primary route between Baker Lake and Chuckanut Drive. In former years, many hikers have opted to take the Cascade Rails-to-Trails cut-off, partly due to a lack of information about the primary route in this area.

 

Alert 7-2. Timber Harvests on Lyman Hill 

Status - Be aware of the potential for logging activity in this area. Washington DNR will post signage on trail as needed.

Map Page/s: 87 and 88

The approximate timber harvest area will include areas to the east and west of the PNT at waypoint 880P and at the intersection of FR 134 and FR 130. Be advised that the haul route used by heavy trucks will include a portion of the PNT (FR130 and FR 110). Washington DNR will post appropriate signage alerting users of potential hazards or detours. 


Alert 7-3. Timber Harvests on Anderson Mountain

Status - Be aware of the potential for logging activity in this area. Washington DNR will post signage on trail as needed.

Map Page/s:  89

The PNT passes through a timber harvest area at the intersection of the PNT and RD A-1500 (the midpoint between waypoints 908P and 910P). Washington DNR will post appropriate signage alerting users of potential hazards or detours. 

  


SECTION 9 - OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS

The 2017 map set recommends multiple trail detours in Olympic National Park to bypass several areas affected by trail and road closures/ construction projects this season. The affected trails/ areas are listed below. And you can learn about the latest conditions here:

www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts

Eastbound hikers and those visiting Olympic National Park early in the 2017 season will be most affected by trail closures and construction projects in the park. But current project estimates suggest that key primary route trails may be reopened in time for the arrival of the majority of westbound hikers.


Alert 9-1.  PNT, Gray Wolf - Hurricane Ridge Alternate/s
Status - Lower Gray Wolf Trail 834 is impassable until further notice
Map Page/s:  090

The bridge near Pass and Cat Creek is still out for the 2017 season. According to Olympic National Forest, a safe ford is not possible and attempts would be very dangerous as the creek runs through a canyon. This makes trail 834 totally impassible, but the upper Gray Wolf Trail 834.2, can be accessed from the Slab Camp Trailhead and day hikers may still use trail 834 - they will simply need to turn back at the creek.

Thru-hikers taking this PNT alternate will be rerouted either on FR 2870 and FR 2875 (between the Slab Camp and Gray Wolf trailheads) to avoid this section of trail, or rerouted south to the primary route of the PNT. To minimize confusion, trail 834 has been removed from the 2017 map set.


Alert 9-2.  PNT, Primary Route west of Hayden Pass River to Whiskey Bend TH
Status- Not Recommended for the 2017 Season
Map Pages:  105, 106

The trail is not recommended for travel from Dose Meadows to Hayes River Ranger Station due to damage from the Hayes Fire. The risk of falling trees, rolling debris and resource damage due to off trail travel in recently burned areas. 

Hikers are advised to use the "Grand Pass Alternate" to connect the primary route to the alternate shown on Hurricane Ridge Road.


Alert 9-3.5  PNT, Primary Route along Boulder Lake Trail and Olympic Hot Springs Road
Status - Reopened August 9th

Map Pages:  108, 109, 109a

The Olympic Hot Springs road and the Boulder Creek Trail are now open, restoring access to Olympic Hot Springs.  The detour posted on our 2017 map set between waypoints 1101P and 1109P (pages 108, 109 & 109a) is no longer in effect.

 

Alert 9-4.5  Major Road Construction Project Along Lake Crescent, Highway 101

Beginning in mid-July 2017, the National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration will rehabilitate 12 miles of Highway 101 around Lake Crescent and four miles of East Beach Road.

This project will cause traffic delays on Hwy 101 between Port Angeles and Forks, Washington. PNT’ers traveling to Forks or Ozette Lake/ Cape Alava from the north will be affected. Learn more about these traffic delays here.

  


SECTION 10 - PACIFIC OCEAN WILDERNESS BEACH

Construction projects in Olympic National Park will not affect the trail corridor in Section 10. These projects will only affect travel to trailheads in the Olympic Wilderness on the Pacific Coast.


Alert 10-1. Major Road Construction Project Along Lake Crescent, Highway 101

Beginning in mid-July 2017, the National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration will rehabilitate 12 miles of Highway 101 around Lake Crescent and four miles of East Beach Road.

Construction will not affect the trail corridor in Section 10, but this project will cause traffic delays on Hwy 101 between Port Angeles and Forks, Washington. PNT’ers traveling to Forks or Ozette Lake/ Cape Alava from the north will be affected. Learn more about these traffic delays here.

 


 


For the most up to date information about the PNT, contact the local land management agency. Helpful links are listed below:

Road Alerts

Looking to access a portion of the PNT or get to your favorite hike?  Check with local authorities for any alerts, reports or closures. 

Montana Department of Transportation - WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Idaho Transportation Department - WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Washington Department of Transportation - WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

US Forest Service Interactive Road Map - Website

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Road Conditions - Website

Colville National Forest Road Conditions - Website

Idaho Panhandle National Forest Road Conditions - Website

Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest Road Conditions - Website

Olympic National Forest Road Conditions - Website  

Fire and Weather Resources

For the most up to date information on fires, weather patterns and snow conditions in your area.

InciWeb - WebsiteFacebook and Twitter.  Search by state or fire name to get the latest updates and fire reports.

Northwest Interagency Coordination Center - Website.  Washington and Oregon fire updates and news, evacuation information and interactive maps. 

Northern Rockies Coordination Center - Website.  Idaho, Montana and North Dakota fire updates and news, evacuation information and interactive maps. 

National Interagency Coordination Center - Website.  National intelligence and predictive fire services. 

Northwest Fires - Website and Twitter. Regional briefings, outlooks and fire updates. 

AirNow - Website, Facebook and Twitter.  Air Quality Index (AQI) measurements, smoke maps and fire conditions. 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - WebsiteFacebook and Twitter.  For up to date weather and forecasts for your area. 

Northwest Avalanche Center -  WebsiteFacebook and Twitter.  Mountain weather, snow conditions and avalanche warnings. 

Montana & Idaho Region Contacts

Montana and Idaho land management agency contacts. 

Montana State Parks - Website, Facebook and Twitter

Glacier National Park - WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Kootenai National Forest - Website and Twitter

Flathead National Forest - WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Bureau of Land Management, Montana - Website, Facebook, Twitter and fire Twitter

Idaho State Parks & Recreation - Website, Facebook and Twitter

Idaho Pan Handle National Forest - WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Bureau of Land Management, Idaho - Website, FacebookTwitter and fire Twitter

Eastern Washington Region Contacts

Eastern Washington land management agency contacts. 

Colville National Forest - Website and Twitter

Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Bureau of Land Management, Oregon and Washington - Website, Facebook and Twitter.  

Western Washington Region Contacts

Western Washington land management agency contacts. 

Washington Department of Natural Resources - WebsiteFacebookTwitter and fire Twitter.  Links to daily updates and preparedness information. 

Washington State Parks - Website, Facebook and Twitter

North Cascades National Park WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Olympic National Forest Website and Twitter

Olympic National Park - WebsiteFacebook and Twitter 

Emergency Management Contacts by State and County

Contact information for local sheriff and emergency offices.  In the event of an emergency, call 911. 

Montana

Montana State Official - Website and Twitter

Glacier - Website and Facebook 

Flathead - Website and Facebook 

Lincoln - Website and Facebook 

Idaho

Idaho State Official - Website and Twitter

Boundary - Website and Facebook

Bonner - Website and Facebook

Washington

Washington State Official - Website, Facebook and Twitter

Pend Orielle - Website 

Stevens - Website 

Ferry - Website and Facebook

Okanogan - Website and Facebook

Whatcom - WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Skagit - Website and Facebook

Island - Website and Facebook

Jefferson - Website 

Clallam - Website and Facebook

 

 

Pacific Northwest Trail Fire Perimeter Map

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Trail fire perimeter map.  Fire perimeters are outlined in orange cross hatching.  This map does not show trail closures outside of fire perimeters.

To access the different layers, click 'Hybrid' and select the layer or view you want to see.  Some layers, such as USFS recreation and USFS top require extreme zoom.  For more information about the map, click 'About this Map'. 


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*This map represents the preferred route of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail as seen on our strip maps found on our Maps page.  Not all hikers use this route.   
*This map is not for navigation or safety purposes and is for informational use only.  Always check with local land management agencies for up to date information on fires and route closures.  
*This map strives to be as current as possible, for the most recent view click your internet browsers refresh button
*The mainline is marked in red, with purple marking alternate routes and options.