Last Updated:  August 28th, 2020  5:25pm 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.

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.

Trail Alert # 1-18: Temporary Trail Closures in Glacier National Park
Area Glacier National Park
Date 6.25.20
Last Updated
Current Status 34 miles of the PNT is “closed to all access” between the Eastern Terminus at Chief Mountain Customs and Brown Pass
Map Pages 001 – 004a
Trail/s Closed Belly River Tr, Cosley Lake Cutoff Tr, Stoney Indian Pass Tr, Waterton Valley Tr, Waterton Lake Tr, Boulder Pass Tr, Brown Pass Tr
Description The east side of Glacier National Park, from the Continental Divide to the park boundary, remain closed to all access. No entrance to the park is permitted from the east side until further notice.
Resources Glacier National Park
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 3-2. 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

Alert

Alert 5-2: Palmer Fire

Area

Okanogan Highlands

Road/s Closed

Road closures impacting the PNT were lifted on August 28th. 

The following roads remain closed:

  • Wannacut Lake Road at Ellemeham Mountain Road
  • Blue Lake Road at Lake Front Road
  • Washburn Lake Road at Loomis-Oroville Road to Ellis Barnes Road
  • Ellemeham Mountain Road to Ellis Barnes Road

Date

8-19-2020

Last Updated

8-28-20

Map Pages

PNT 060-061

Description

Per InciWeb:  The Palmer Fire started on August 18th, 2020.

The Palmer Fire started on August 18th, 2020. It is currently 75% contained.

Local and federal firefighters responded to the fire and worked in tandem with air resources, prioritizing structure protection and slowing fire progression.  Over the next several days, additional resources arrived to assist, constructing containment lines along multiple flanks and conducting burnout operations where necessary and appropriate.

Fire activity decreased significantly over the following weekend, and firefighting efforts began to shift from suppression and containment to holding and mop-up.

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s department and the Okanogan County Emergency Management Department are notifying the public of changing evacuation levels in the area.

Detour As of August 28th, detours are no longer required

Resources

InciWeb
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
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 7-6. 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 9-11  Undi Road Closure 

Area

PNT Section 9, Stage 46

Road/s Closed

Portions of Undi Road

Date

8.22.20
Last Updated

Status

Approximately 1.3 miles of Undi Road is closed to vehicles and pedestrians. All PNT visitors should take the Undi Bypass Road around the closure.

Map Pages

Map Pages: 114 – V4.1

Description

The new 2.2 mile long Undi Bypass Road was opened to traffic in November 2016 after a 1.3 mile long segment of old Undie Road was identified as unsafe for motor vehicles. The Bypass ensures continued access between Highway 101 and the Bogachiel Trailhead on the Olympic National Forest. The old Undie Road, which ran along the Bogachiel River, was damaged by a series of flood events in November, 2015 and was closed to vehicles.

In the 2020 season, PNTA and Jefferson County Public Work Dept. determined that the 1.3 mile long segment of the PNT that was previously routed along the old Undie Road is no longer safe for pedestrians to enter due to further erosion and damage to the old road bed.

All PNT visitors should avoid the closed area located behind cement barricades and use the new Undi Bypass Road to travel between the Bogachiel Trailhead and Highway 101.  

Resources

Jefferson County, WA Public Works Department

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 9-5 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 9-1. 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 10-4.  No access to Cape Flattery or Shi Shi Beach

Area

Olympic National Park North Coast and Makah Tribal Lands

Date

 3.13.20

Status

The Shi Shi Trail, 3rd Beach Trail and Cape Flattery Trail are closed to the general public until further notice

Map Pages

N/A

Description

The Pacific Northwest Trail is not located on Makah Tribal Lands; its western terminus is located on public land at Cape Alava in Olympic National Park. However, many park visitors, including PNT thru-hikers choose to explore areas further north along the coast that may only be accessed by trailheads on Makah Tribal Lands.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 and until further notice, businesses and properties owned by the Makah Tribe will be limiting or closing public access… The Shi Shi Trail and Cape Flattery Trail will remain open to Makah Tribal members, however it will be closed to the general public until further notice, as well as the 3rd Beach trail commonly used for surfing activities.

Learn more at: www.makah.com

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.

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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