[pct-l] PCT Closure in Oregon

CHUCK CHELIN steeleye at wildblue.net
Sun Sep 4 10:47:20 CDT 2011

Good morning,

The Forest Service announcement of this closure, and a link to the
associated closure document and map, can be found at:


It’s not clear how long this closure will be in effect, but the fire is
mostly on remote and difficult Mt. Hood Wilderness land where aggressive
suppression is not allowed.

The practical effect -- as Hiking Irish states -- is PCT hikers must find a
ride from Timberline Lodge to Cascade Locks: Either on Rt. 26 west through
Sandy and eventually east on I-84; or east on Rt. 26 from Government Camp,
north on Rt. 35 to Hood River, and finally west on I-84.  Either way is
about 70 miles and requires about 1.5 hours, one way.  There is no public
transportation for either route.

I live in Sandy and can possibly haul hikers around upon request.  I can
carry three passengers at a time – four if they don’t mind being crowded in
the back seat.  I prefer not to make the trip with just one or two hikers.

Good luck to all...


-Hiking the Pct since before it was the PCT – 1965




On Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 7:31 AM, Diarmaid Harmon <irishharmon at comcast.net>wrote:

> It is official the PCT has been closed from Ramona falls north. Here is the
> incident report. Even though it doesn't list the PCT at Ramona Falls it
> shares Trail 600 from Timberline North. There is no effective way around
> this section by trail. If you can't wait it out you will have to try and
> work out a ride around the closure.
> Hiking Irish.
> Fire Area Closure MT Hood National Forest- September 3, 2011
> Incident: Dollar Lake Fire Wildfire
> Released: 10 hrs. ago
> ORDER NO. MH-2011-08
> Fire Area Closure
> Pursuant to 36 CFR, 261.50(A) and (B), and effective immediately the area
> depicted in Attachment A on the Mt. Hood National Forest and labeled as the
> Dollar Lake Fire Closure is closed to entry.
> Forest Roads 13, 16, and 18, and all Forest Roads within the area closure
> as shown in Exhibit A. In addition, Forest Roads 2840, 3511, 3512, are
> closed. The following campgrounds are closed: Lost Lake, Wahtum Lake,
> McNeil, Riley Horse Camp, Lost Creek, Kinnikinnick, TillyJane, and Cloud
> Cap.
> The following major trails are closed:
> Pacific Crest Trail from the Rushing Water Creek crossing, north to Wahtum
> Lake;
> Trail #600 from Gnarl Ridge Trail #652 northwest to its terminus at Ramona
> Falls Trail #797;
> Burnt Lake Trail #772 from the Burnt Lake north trailhead, south to the
> wilderness boundary;
> Cast Lake Trail #773 and Horseshoe Trail #774 from the trailhead in Riley
> campground south to the wilderness boundary;
> Sandy River Trail #770 and Ramona Falls Trail #797;
> Yokum Ridge #771
> Mazamas Trail #625
> Vista Ridge Trail #626, Elk Cove Trail #631 and Pinnacle Ridge Trail #630;
> and all minor trails depicted within the closure area Exhibit A.
> This Forest Order is in effect until 10/15/2011 or until rescinded.
> Being in or upon a closed area 36 CFR 261.52(e)
> Being on a road 36 CFR 261.54(e)
> Being on a trail 36 CFR 261.55 (a)
> Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (E) the following persons are exempt from these
> prohibitions.
> Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the prohibited act or
> omission.
> Any Federal, State or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or
> firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
> Done at Sandy, Oregon this 3rdnd day of September, 2011.
> Chris Worth
> Forest Supervisor
> Mt. Hood National Forest
> Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than
> $300.
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