Pacific Northwest Trail Alerts

SEASONAL STATEMENT:  September 30th, 2019

During the prime season, July-November, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association publishes trail alerts on this webpage and through a plain-text email system.

Winter-like conditions have arrived in the mountains and some higher elevation trails are covered with inches of snow. With seasonal employees at PNTA and our partners furloughed for the season, current reports may be unavailable. Always check road, weather and avalanche conditions before your visit. In the Northwest, fall, winter and spring bring heavy snowfall or rain to the trail. Some mountain roads may close for the season or become impassable to vehicles due to snow, ice or avalanche hazard. Washouts, downed trees, flooding and avalanches are common along higher elevation trails.

Low-elevation sections of the trail, like those in the temperate climate of the Puget Sound, can be accessed year-round. Other trails are popular for non-motorized winter recreation. Off-season visitors should always be prepared for route-finding challenges and winter weather.

The Diamond Creek Fire in the Pasayten Wilderness, July 2017. Photo by Jessica Foster.

Trail Alerts

Section 1 Rocky Mountains
Section 1 Rocky Mountains

No trail alerts are currently in effect. Check trail conditions here.

Section 2 Purcell Mountains
Section 3 Selkirk Mountains
Section 4 Kettle River Range
Section 5 Okanogan Highlands
Section 6 Pasayten Wilderness
Section 7 North Cascades
Section 8 Puget Sound
Section 9 Olympic Mountains
Section 10 Wilderness Coast
Section 2 Purcell Mountains

No trail alerts are currently in effect. Check trail conditions here.

Section 3 Selkirk Mountains
Alert Alert 3-8. Sullivan Lake Road Closures
Area Colville National Forest
Date
Last Updated 9.16.2019
Current Status Intermittent road closures will affect access to trailheads and campsites. The primary and alternate routes of the PNT will remain open.
Map Pages Map Pages: 033, 31b
Road/s Closed Sullivan Creek Road, Johns Creek FS 500 Road, Nordman-Metaline Road
Description Sullivan Creek Rd will be intermittently unavailable for through traffic from Oct 7-18. Access to the Thunder Creek TR 526 may be affected by closures between Oct 7-14.

Access to the Noisy Creek/ Grassy-Hall Divide/ Hall Mountain from John’s Creek Road will be affected Oct 15-18. These trails which form the popular route of the PNT between the Idaho border and Sullivan Lake can still be reached via trailheads at the Noisy Creek Campground.

Resources Colville National Forest
Alert Alert 3-2. Deep Lake/ Boundary Road reroute east of Northport, WA
Area private property, east of Northport, WA
Date
Last Updated 5.1.17
Current Status No Access to PNT (Black Canyon or O’Hare Creek Roads) due to private property issues
Map Pages Map Pages: 038, 039
Trail/s Closed Black Canyon Rd and O’Hare Creek Rd
Description 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.
Resources
Section 4 Kettle River Range

Alert

Alert 4-1: Hazardous Trail Conditions PNT Primary Route

Area

Bushwhack to the Sanpoil River west of Highway 21, south of Republic, Washington.

Date

6.25.2018

Last Updated

Current Status

Primary route is not recommended until further notice

Map Pages

050

Trail/s Closed

Description

Status – PNTA has received a user report that the primary route of the PNT between Hwy 21 and waypoint 484P is badly overgrown and can not be recommended at this time. Westbound, this route begins as a cross-country/ bushwhack. West of 484P, the route becomes overgrown and involves steep side hill traverses with fall risk hazards due to loose scree. 

Resources

Section 5 Okanogan Highlands

No trail alerts are currently in effect. Check trail conditions here.

Section 6 Pasayten Wilderness

Alert

Alert 6-10. Canyon Creek Bridge Destroyed 

Area

 Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, PNT Section 6

Trail/s

Jackita Ridge Trail (Side trail to the PNT)

Date

6.19.19

Last Updated

6.19.19

Status

Canyon Creek Bridge destroyed by tree

Map Pages

N/A

Description

The Canyon Creek Bridge just north of the Canyon Creek Trailhead on Jackita Ridge Trail #738 was destroyed by a fallen tree. Canyon Creek normally runs very high and would be difficult or dangerous to ford until mid to late summer. This impacts access to the popular Devil’s Dome loop, not the Pacific Northwest Trail. 

Resources

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Alert

Alert 6-7: East Bank Trail Partially Closed to Stock

Area

Ross Lake National Recreation Area

Trail/s

East Bank Trail / PNT

Date

5-23-2018

Last Updated

6-25-2018

Status

Trail closed to stock animals beyond may Creek due to a trail collapse on the north end of Devil’s Cliffs. 

Map Pages

PNT 073

Description

Trail closed to stock animals beyond may Creek due to a trail collapse on the north end of Devil’s Cliffs. Estimated date for reopening, August, 2018.

Resources

Section 7 North Cascades

Alert

Alert 7-9. No Vehicle Access to Pioneer Camp Trailhead

Area

 Mt Baker-Snoqualmie NF, PNT Section 7

Trail/s

N/A

Date

4.21.19

Last Updated

Status

Status – A washout prevents access to vehicles to the Pioneer Camp Trailhead

Map Pages

Map Page/s: 085

Description

A washout of Loomis Nooksack Road FR 12 prevents access to vehicles to the Pioneer Camp Trailhead (PNT waypoint 849P). The road is impassable past mile 12 or approximately, 0.5 miles east of the trailhead.

Resources

Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Alert

Alert 7-8. Timber Harvests on Mt Josephine

Area

 Harry Osborne-Les Hilde State Forest, PNT Section 7

Trail/s

Red Cabin Creek Trail / Pacific Northwest Trail, primary route

Date

4.21.19

Last Updated

Status

Status – The PNT will be closed for the Quaker Timber Harvest between 869P and 871P until further notice. 

Map Pages

Map Page/s: 87

Description

Timber harvests on WA DNR land, beginning in the fall of 2018 will bring logging activity, heavy truck traffic and trail closures to 3.5 miles of the PNT until further notice. The Mt Josephine Truck Trail Alternate will also be affected by the harvest. Westbound PNT users can detour around the closure by taking the Les Hilde Trail to Forest Road 2000 to the Cascade Trail in Hamilton. They can rejoin the primary route by following the Cascade Trail west to Lyman and then following the Pipeline Road north to rejoin the PNT at waypoint 873.5P.

Resources

Washington DNR 

Alert

Alert 7-6. No Vehicle Access to Hannegan Pass Trailhead

Area

 Mt Baker-Snoqualmie NF, PNT Section 7

Trail/s

Hannegan Pass Road

Date

5.7.18

Last Updated

7.20.18

Status

Status – Storm damage prevents access to vehicles beyond mile 5.2. Trail crews have repaired storm damage to the Hannegan Pass Trail 674 between the trailhead and Granite Mountain.

Map Pages

Map Page/s: 079

Description

Resources

Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
PNT_079
Section 8 Puget Sound

No trail alerts are currently in effect. Check trail conditions here.

Section 9 Olympic Mountains

Alert

Alert 9-9  Little Skidder Hill Detour

Area

PNT Section 9, Stage 42

Trail/s

Pacific Northwest Trail

Date

7.28.19
Last Updated

Status

Multiple trails in Stage 42 have not been maintained in recent years. Consider using alternate routes to bypass the primary route until further notice. 

Map Pages

Map Pages: 101

Description

The Little Skidder Trail has not been maintained in several years and requires extensive bushwhacking to traverse. To bypass the area, take the alternate route shown. From waypoint 1019P at Crocker Lake, follow Hwy 101 south to Boulton Farms Road. Proceed through the orange gate with a white sign labeled, “Private Tree Farm… non-motorized use welcome.” Then follow forest road marked with yellow signs along second forest road labeled, “Warning buried water main” south toward Snow Creek Road FR 2850. No camping or fires are permitted on private property. Dispersed camping is permitted on the adjacent Olympic National Forest west of waypoint 1024P.

Resources

Alert

Alert 9-7  Hurricane Hill Trail Project

Area

PNT Section 9 – Olympic Mountains

Trail/s

Hurricane Hill Trail

Date

6.6.18
Last Updated

7.14.19

Status

The Hurricane Hill Trail on the Gray Wolf – Hurricane Ridge Alternate route will be under construction in 2018-19 and will close periodically. Check NPS’ Project Webpage for more information. PNT thru-hikers should consult with Park Staff to detour around the closure using alternate routes, such as the Hayden Pass Trail – Elwha River Trail route. 

Map Pages

Map Pages: 100e

Description

Hurricane Hill Trail will be open during periods when crews are not working. During the closure periods, the trail will remain closed to access 24 hours a day for visitor and job site safety.

Trail Closed Trail Open
Wed., 5/29 – Wed., 6/5 Thu. 6/6 – Sun. 6/9
Mon. 6/10 – Fri. 6/21 Sat. 6/22 – Sun. 6/23
Mon. 6/24 – Wed. 7/3 Thu. 7/4
Fri. 7/5 – Sat. 7/20
(goat capture operations)
Sun. 7/21
Mon. 7/22 – Thu. 8/1 Fri. 8/2 – Sun. 8/4
Mon. 8/5 – Sat. 8/31
(incudes goat capture operations)
Sun. 9/1 – Mon. 9/2
Tue. 9/3 – Thu. 9/12 Fri. 9/13 – Sun. 9/15
Mon. 9/16 – Thu. 9/26 Fri 9/27 – Sun. 9/29
Mon. 9/30 – Thu. 10/10 Fri. 10/11 – Mon. 10/14
Tue. 10/15 – Thu. 10/24
or until snow sets in

Resources

Hurricane Hill Project webpage

Alert

Alert 9-6  Bogachiel River Trail Washout/s

Area

PNT Section 9 – Olympic Mountains

Trail/s

Bogachiel River Trail 825

Date

11.25.17

Last Updated

4.17.18

Status

Status – trail impassable to stock due to washout, hikers should use caution

Map Pages

Map Pages: 112-114

Description

Two washouts on the PNT between miles 1151 and 1150 on the Olympic NF are considered impassable to stock. On the National Park, above Flapjack Camp, mile 1142, a third washout/ landslide is considered unstable and hazardous to pass. Large numbers of down trees have also been reported on trail to the east.

Resources

Bogachiel Trail Condition Updates

Alert

Alert 9-5 PNT, Olympic Hot Springs Road Closure 

Area

Olympic NP, PNT Section 9

Trail/s

N/A

Date

1.27.18

Last Updated

4.17.18

Status

Status – Closed to Vehicles (will not affect PNT hikers traveling through)

Map Pages

Map Pages: 108

Description

Road closed to vehicle traffic due to flooding/washout, the Madison Falls parking area is open. From intersection with Hwy 101: 2 miles to park boundary, 9.6 miles to end of road. Paved, narrow and steep past Glines Canyon.

Resources

Current road conditions in Olympic NP 

Alert

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

Area

PNT Section 9 and 10

Trail/s

none

Date

Last Updated

Status

Construction may cause delays or effect access to PNT trailheads in Olympic NP 

Map Pages

5.1.2017

Description

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.

Resources

Olympic NP, Crescent Hwy Project Page

Alert

Alert 9-1. PNT, Gray Wolf – Hurricane Ridge Alternate/s

Area

Olympic National Forest

Trail/s

Lower Gray Wolf Tr 834

Date

Last Updated

5.1.17

Status

Status – Lower Gray Wolf Trail 834 is impassable until further notice

Map Pages

Map Page/s: 090

Description

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 be rerouted south to the primary route of the PNT. To minimize confusion, trail 834 has been removed from the 2017 map set.

Resources

Section 10 Wilderness Coast

Alert

Alert 10-3.  Mudslides on Wilderness Coast Route

Area

Section 10 – Olympic National Park, South Coast

Trail/s

Coastal route between 1185P and C1193P

Date

 6.25.18

Status

 New mudslides in 2018 require 5 and 6′ tides to cross safely

Map Pages

PNT 115, 117, and 118

Description

A large mudslide, approximately 75 yards wide covers the route of the PNT between the creek at Third Beach and the headland trail over Taylor Point. This area now requires a tide of 5 feet or less tide for safe crossing, per Olympic National Park.

A second landslide between the Goodman Creek overland trail and Mosquito Creek that requires passing below a 6 ft tide.

Alert

Alert 10-2.  No access to Olympic NP via Oil City cut-off route

Area

Section 10 – private property/ Olympic NP

Trail/s

Oil City Cut-off Route between 1166P and 1185P

Date

 4.17.18

Status

 No access to coastal trails on Olympic NP via Oil City cut-off route

Map Pages

This route has been removed from the 2018 mapset. It is shown on previous versions on page PNT 117

Description

Access is no longer granted to this parcel of private property, and this route should be now be considered trespassing.
Active logging operations and heavy truck traffic can make this route unsafe to visitors.

Alert

Alert 10-1. Major Road Construction Project Highway 101 2017-19

Area

Olympic National Park

Trail/s

Date

Last Updated

Status

Map Pages

Description

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.

Resources

 Lake Crescent Hwy Project Page

Helpful Links

Road Conditions
Fire and Weather Resources
Montana & Idaho Region Contacts
Eastern Washington Region Contacts
Western Washington Region Contacts
Emergency Management Contacts by State and County

Road Conditions

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 – WebsiteFacebook 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 – WebsiteFacebook 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 – WebsiteFacebookTwitter and fire Twitter.

Idaho State Parks & Recreation – WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Idaho Pan Handle National Forest – WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Bureau of Land Management, Idaho – WebsiteFacebookTwitter 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 – WebsiteFacebook 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 – WebsiteFacebook 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 – WebsiteFacebook 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

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