State Area Miles Closed Description Detour More Info
Washington Section 3, Stage 19, Abercrombie Mtn 4 miles The PNT/ Flume Creek Road FS 6200-350 will be temporarily closed beginning on September 21st, between mile 362 and the Flume Creek Trailhead at mile 366.3.  Westbound detour — continue north on Boundary Road to FS Road 6270, head west past the Russian Ridge area. Continue west on the Frisco Std. Road. Follow Cedar Creek Road to Deep Lake Boundary Road. Colville Ntl. Forest – Alerts and Notices
Washington Section 7, Stage 31, North Cascades National Park 7 miles Due to the Sourdough Mountain Fire, the PNT has been closed west of the East Bank Trailhead for visitor safety. Ross Lake is closed to recreation and Ross Lake Resort is closed until further notice. 

Continuous travel between Ross Lake and Mt Baker will not be possible during the 2023 season.

The long-term closure of the PNT begins near Whatcom Pass and extends west for seven miles to the US Cabin backcountry camp.

PNT hikers may resume travel along the Sourdough Fire Detour as of 9-22-23. Fire Closures – North Cascades
Washington Section 9, Stage 44, Olympic Ntl. Park 32 miles Due to multiple wildfires in the park, the congressional route of the PNT is currently closed between Hayden Pass and the Whiskey Bend Trailhead near the Elwha Ranger Station.

Alternate routes in the park are also impacted by wildfire closures. Please visit the park’s alerts and notices webpage for current information.


Alerts and Notices Olympic Ntl Park

Last Updated:  October 12th, 2023

Pacific Northwest Trail Alerts

Major issues, such as trail and road closures affecting access to the Pacific Northwest Trail are logged as Trail Alerts. The information shown on this webpage is reported by agency partners, staff, and visitors like you. 

The PNT is wild and rugged. It passes through remote areas where current conditions may be unknown. Be prepared for a variety of conditions on the PNT. Mountains are dynamic places and the conditions you experience may be different than those reported here. 

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Seasonal Statement — Between late September and December, the PNT enters its fall shoulder season. Mountain weather becomes more severe during this time. By October, heavy snowfall will close vehicular access to many mountain trailheads until the following season. Travel along roads and trails can become much more difficult or hazardous.

This webpage will be updated less frequently during the fall and winter season. The best weather for long-distance hiking on the PNT generally falls between late-June and late -September. Outside of this timeframe, Visitors should always be prepared for rugged trail conditions, snow travel above 6,000 feet, and for cold heavy rain in the mountains and coastal areas. Learn more about climate and weather along the PNT here.

Between late September and May-June seasonal closures of suspension bridges and mountain roads may affect your visit. Always check roadweather, and avalanche conditions before you go. Check current trail conditions here.

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If you see smoke or flames along the Pacific Northwest Trail, please dial 911 or report the incident to a ranger as soon as possible.

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