Last Updated:  July 23, 2021  6:30 pm PST

Pacific Northwest Trail Alerts

Major issues, such as trail and road closures affecting access to the Pacific Northwest Trail are logged as Trail Alerts. For thru-hikers and other PNT users who remain in the field for extended periods of time, the PNTA shares Trail Alerts through a free, email system. Subscribe at the link below.

PNT users should check for wildfire closures and fire restrictions before their visit. In many areas along the trail, campfires and certain camp stoves may be temporarily or permanently restricted due to risk of wildfire.

Seasonal Statement — always check roadweather and trail conditions before your visit. Visitors should always be prepared for rugged conditions, route-finding challenges, and inclement weather.

Trail Alerts

Beginning Friday, July 23, Washington DNR is closing all recreational and public access to DNR-managed lands in eastern Washington due to the extreme fire danger and ongoing drought east of the Cascades.

This closure will apply to the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail where it crosses DNR-managed state lands, conservation areas, community forests and any associated roads, trails, campgrounds, recreational sites or recreational facilities.

This closure includes the following notable trail segments:

+ Two miles of the PNT at the summit of Abercrombie Mountain (Section 3).
+ 17 miles of the PNT on the Loomis State Forest and other state lands which border the eastern boundary of the Pasayten Wilderness (Sections 5 and 6).

Access to the Wilderness from the east is currently possible from the Iron Gate Trailhead via the Toats Coulee Road (NFS Road 3900). Visitors may NOT camp, travel, or stop off of the road anywhere on the Loomis State Forest. See PNTA detour map for more information.

+ Additional restrictions or closures of public lands east of the Cascades are likely.

DNR staff will continually monitor conditions, and a reopening date for recreation access will be determined once these factors improve. DNR has been working closing with all the affected partner agencies who agree that the fire risk is too great not to move forward with the closure.

To get updates on recreation openings and closures, visit dnr.wa.gov/open.

Last updated: 7.23.21

The Mazama/ Winthrop area and the National Forest to the south of the Pasayten Wilderness is heavily impacted by wildfire. SR 20, the North Cascade Highway has partially closed. Mazama, WA is under a partial Level 3 Evacuation. Multiple trailheads that give access to the Pasayten Wilderness along the Chewuch Road have temporarily closed. 

Due to multiple wildfires along the North Cascades Highway/ SR 20 corridor, SR 20 has closed between the Lost River Road in Mazama and Washington Pass. This closure will impact PNT thru-hikers planning to resupply in Mazama/ Winthrop from the East Bank Trailhead in North Cascades National Park. There is no estimate for when the highway will reopen so people should plan to use US 2 or I-90 for cross-state travel until further notice.

 Multiple lightning-caused fires are burning in the area. On July 10th, Okanogan County Emergency Management issued a Level 1 Advisory for the town of Mazama and Lost River Areas. On July 19th, they issued a Level 3 (Go Now) Evacuation for portions of Mazama and other areas along SR 20.

 The Cedar Creek Fire is currently a significant distance south of the PNT, but it has greatly impacted the town of Mazama with heavy smoke. A full evacuation is possible. If the Lost River Road becomes closed or evacuated, vehicular access to Harts Pass and other trailheads that provide access to the PCT and PNT in the western Pasayten Wilderness will not be possible. See fire closure map for more information.

 North of Winthrop, the Cub Creek Fire is active. It is a significant distance south of the PNT, but the fire has prompted closures of multiple Pasayten Wilderness Trailheads along the Chewuch Road north of Winthrop. Winthrop has been greatly impacted by heavy smoke and air quality is considered hazardous. See the fire closure map for more information.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Okanogan County Emergency Management

Last updated:  7.23.21

The Cedar Creek Fire is located southwest of Mazama

The Cub Creek Fire is located north of Winthrop

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