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Trail Alerts

Pacific Northwest Trail Alerts
Last Updated:  June 7th, 2017
Affected Areas:  Sections 1, 3, 7, 9, 10

Please note, the 2017 PNTA map set has been fully updated based on the alerts below, unless indicated otherwise. The information contained in this alert has been produced in cooperation with our partners at the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and DNR. This alert serves to highlight issues along the trail corridor in one convenient location, so long-distance hikers have easy access to the latest trail conditions, and so other PNT’ers can plan their trips accordingly.

The 2017 maps currently recommend alternates and detours to bypass known issues affecting the Pacific Northwest Trail. Please be advised that third-party map sets, track files, and waypoints may be out-of-date and recommend routes that have been closed in 2017 and previous seasons.

Trail alerts are a free service provided by the Pacific Northwest Trail Association to assist in your enjoyment of the Pacific Northwest Trail.  If you find this information useful, please support our work by becoming a member or making a donation.


SECTION 1 - ROCKY MOUNTAINS

Alert 1-1. Trail reroute east of Eureka, MT
Status - The USFS changed the route of the PNT in 2013 due to private property issues
Map Pages:  012, 013, 014

A former route of the PNT headed south from Bluebird Basin (page 012 at 112P) to the town of Eureka Montana has been closed. Due to changes in land ownership, the US Forest Service changed the route of the PNT to Trail 339. Unofficial or outdated data sets may still show this alternate. Hikers are advised that taking this route should be considered trespassing.

The 2017 PNTA map set has been updated to reflect this route change.


SECTION 3 - INLAND EMPIRE

Alert 3-1. No access to Lime Lake Road Trailhead east of Metaline Falls, MT
Status - No Access to the west end of the North Fork Tr 507 due to private property issues
Map Pages: 031 - 035

The seldom-used primary route of the PNT between Metaline Falls and the Washington-Idaho border is not recommended for the 2017 season due to multiple known trail condition and private property issues. Instead, the Jackson Creek/ Sullivan Lake alternate is recommended for those thru-hiking in the 2017 season.

Unofficial or outdated data sets may still show this alternate. Hikers are advised that taking this route should be considered trespassing.

The 2017 PNTA map set has been updated to reflect this route change.


Alert 3-2. Deep Lake/ Boundary Road reroute east of Northport, WA
Status - No Access to Black Canyon or O’Hare Creek Road due to private property issues
Map Pages:  038, 039

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.


SECTION 7 - NORTH CASCADES TO SALT WATER

Note:  Primary route in Section 7 fully updated for 2017

To better aid in navigation, the 2017 map set has been updated to reflect the latest trail conditions on the primary route between Baker Lake and Chuckanut Drive. In former years, many hikers have opted to take the Cascade Rails-to-Trails cut-off, partly due to a lack of information about the primary route in this area.


Alert 7-1. Report of unsafe bridge on Blanchard Mountain

Status - Bridge on Max’s Shortcut Tr unsafe for equestrian use until further notice

Map Pages:  090

The PNTA received a report from an equestrian on May 29th about loose boards on a footbridge on Max’s Shortcut trail on Blanchard Mountain. The equestrian reported that the bridge was unsafe for horses until repairs can be made, but hikers exercising caution can cross safely at this time.


SECTION 9 - OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS

The 2017 map set recommends multiple trail detours in Olympic National Park to bypass several areas affected by trail and road closures/ construction projects this season. The affected trails/ areas are listed below. And you can learn about the latest conditions here:

www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts

Eastbound hikers and those visiting Olympic National Park early in the 2017 season will be most affected by trail closures and construction projects in the park. But current project estimates suggest that key primary route trails may be reopened in time for the arrival of the majority of westbound hikers.


Alert 9-1.  PNT, Gray Wolf - Hurricane Ridge Alternate/s
Status - Lower Gray Wolf Trail 834 is impassable until further notice
Map Pages:  090

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


Alert 9-2.  PNT, Primary Route west of Hayden Pass River to Whiskey Bend TH
Status- Closed until further notice
Map Pages:  105, 106

The trail has not yet been assessed for the 2017 season but most likely has many dead and down trees across it, overhanging trees, and other hazards from the fire. Trail conditions will be relayed as the summer season progresses.

Hikers are advised to use the "Grand Pass Alternate" to connect the primary route to the alternate shown on Hurricane Ridge Road.


Alert 9-3.  PNT, Primary Route along Boulder Lake Trail and Olympic Hot Springs Road
Status - Closed until later this summer
Map Pages:  108, 109

A bridge demolition project at Crystal Creek, just east of the Boulder Hot Springs, will close access to the Boulder Creek Trail (PNT primary route) from the trailhead at Olympic Hot Springs Road, until construction is complete. Due to heavy equipment traffic on the Olympic Hot Springs Road, foot traffic is not permitted. For visitor and employee safety, there will be no access above the Glines Canyon Overlook on Olympic Hot Springs Road.

This construction project will effectively close the trail corridor between the Elwha Ranger Station and Boulder Hot Springs. Because foot traffic is not permitted on Olympic Hot Springs Road, Westbound PNT’ers are advised to find transportation to detour around the closure. It is recommended to begin the detour further east at either the Hurricane Ridge Visitor’s Center or the Heart O’ the Hills campground/ trailhead (where traffic will be more suitable for this purpose). From there, PNT’ers will need to travel to the Storm King Ranger Station and follow the Barnes Creek Trail south to the Boulder Lake Trail to rejoin the PNT. See Alert 4, or the PNTA’s 2017 map set, for more information about this temporary detour.

www.clallamtransit.com


Alert 9-4.  Major Road Construction Project Along Lake Crescent, Highway 101

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.

PNT thru-hikers will also be affected. Because foot traffic is not permitted on Highway 101 during construction, PNT’ers are advised to find transportation to detour around the trail closure between the Elwha Ranger Station and Boulder Hot Springs.

It is recommended to begin the detour further east at either the Hurricane Ridge Visitor’s Center or the Heart O’ the Hills campground/ trailhead (where traffic will be more suitable for this purpose). From there, PNT’ers will need to travel to the Storm King Ranger Station and follow the Barnes Creek Trail south to the Boulder Lake Trail to rejoin the PNT. See Alert 3, or the PNTA’s 2017 map set, for more information about this temporary detour.

www.clallamtransit.com


Alert 9-5.  WA 20/ Pacific Northwest Trail Temporarily Closed for Construction
Status - Temporarily closed to foot traffic in June of 2017
Map Pages:  99 and 100

Beginning on June 12th, the WSDOT will begin work on Highway 20 between Port Townsend and Discovery Bay. 

This construction project will close two miles of highway for seven days, June 19th through approximately June 25th, to all traffic, which has been detoured around the closure. PNT'ers traveling this section of the PNT/ Olympic Discovery Trail could be prevented from traveling between Discovery Bay and Port Townsend starting as early as June 12th. Due to single lane closures at that time, foot traffic may not permitted on Highway 20. PNT’ers are advised to find transportation to detour around or through the trail closure during construction. Jefferson county transit may offer the simplest solution. www.jeffersontransit.com

You can learn more about the project here.

  


SECTION 10 - PACIFIC OCEAN WILDERNESS BEACH

Construction projects in Olympic National Park will not affect the trail corridor in Section 10. These projects will only affect travel to trailheads in the Olympic Wilderness on the Pacific Coast.


Alert 10-1. Major Road Construction Project Along Lake Crescent, Highway 101

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.


Alert 10-2. Repair Work on Mora Road; No Access to Rialto Beach TH (except around Memorial Day weekend)

Mora road will be closed for flood damage repairs between May 17th and approximately, July 1st. The Mora Campground will remain open throughout the project.

Construction will not affect the trail corridor, only those day and section hikers traveling to the trail. 

 


 

For the most up to date information about the PNT, contact the local land management agency. Helpful links are listed below:

Road Alerts

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 - Website, Facebook 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 - Website, Facebook 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 - Website, Facebook, Twitter and fire Twitter

Idaho State Parks & Recreation - Website, Facebook and Twitter

Idaho Pan Handle National Forest - WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

Bureau of Land Management, Idaho - Website, FacebookTwitter 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 - Website, Facebook 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 - Website, Facebook 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 - Website, Facebook 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

 

 

Pacific Northwest Trail Fire Perimeter Map

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Trail fire perimeter map.  Fire perimeters are outlined in orange cross hatching.  This map does not show trail closures outside of fire perimeters.

To access the different layers, click 'Hybrid' and select the layer or view you want to see.  Some layers, such as USFS recreation and USFS top require extreme zoom.  For more information about the map, click 'About this Map'. 


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*This map represents the preferred route of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail as seen on our strip maps found on our Maps page.  Not all hikers use this route.   
*This map is not for navigation or safety purposes and is for informational use only.  Always check with local land management agencies for up to date information on fires and route closures.  
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*The mainline is marked in red, with purple marking alternate routes and options.