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A bit of snow above 8,000 feet. Some trails wet, portions flooded. Many streams flowing strongly; use caution when crossing.
Wrights Lake Recreation area now open.

 

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(To save space, all trail names are listed without the word "Trail"-- e.g., Rockbound Trail is Rockbound.)

Wilderness Trails
Trail Name Number Updated Conditions
Bayview 17E04 06-05-2015 Primitive from Cascade Falls to Snow and Azure. Trail into Snow is easier in parts as firefighters last fall chopped through a lot of the vegetation to get into the fire at the lake. Trail from Azure up to Bayview Trail is unmaintained, but easy to follow. Bayview and Cascade Trails both good.
Blakely 16E07 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Eagle Falls 17E03 06-06-2015 Two tree obstructions way before the Eagle/Bayview junction in the vicinity of the rock stairway approximately halfway to the junction. First one easy to hop over, second easy to get around. Trees down along the PCT east of Fontanillis before the creek outlet. First one easy to sit on and swing legs over, the second necessitates crawling under.
Glen Alpine 17E06 06-29-2015 One tree across trail about 35 minutes from trailhead.
Grass Lake 17E06 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Grouse Lake 16E01 06-09-2015 Wet and soggy in the usual spots, but not flooded. No snow on trail, a few small patches on slopes at south end of Grouse Lake. One fallen tree, where trail crosses outlet creek from Grouse Lake. Possible to step across, but problematic insofar as the tree crosses the trail where it is necessary to boulder hop, making the crossing somewhat difficult. Mosquitoes very noticeable along the trail, but not overwhelming. One tree down above Hemlock Lake, easy crossover.
Half Moon Lake 17E31 06-27-2015 Glen Alpine trail to Half Moon trail is clear. Half Moon trail to lake has a few downed trees and standing water, both easily passable. Half Moon Lake has lots of mosquitoes at all times of day.
Lake Doris to Rubicon 16E08 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Lake Lucille 17E09 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Lake of the Woods to Lake Aloha 17E40 06-29-2015 Early summer conditins: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Lake of the Woods to Ropi Lake 17E11 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Lyons Creek Trail 16E13 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Lyons Lake 16E13 06-29-2015 Trail clear to main Lyons Creek crossing inside the Wilderness, then a few down trees. Water running down trail.
Mt Tallac 17E33 06-17-2015 Large tree down in Cathedral Lake area. Hikers can get around with minimal impact or just hop over. Rest of trail is in good condition.
Pacific Crest N/A 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
PCT to Aloha 17E39 06-07-2015 Free of trees, muddy in a few places but otherwise fairly firm.
Ralston 17E41 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Ralston Peak 17E42 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Red Peak 15E08 06-02-2015 Bassi Creek crossing is take-off-your-boots get-your-feet-wet running strongly. Trail still quite wet in all the usual flat meadow crossings. Five mosquitos encountered (the early scouts). Wildflowers in bloom. Patchy soft snow covering trail in final mile approaching Lake No.3.
Rockbound 16E08 06-13-2015 Rockbound trail is mostly clear except for one 6-inch diameter downed log.
Rubicon 16E30 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Schmidell 16E28 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Tahoe-Yosemite 17E01 06-20-2015 Trail is in good condition but very wet/muddy in many places where small streams/runoff hit trail. Lots of downed trees, some up to 3 feet in diameter between the wilderness boundary and Lake Genevieve, approximately 3.5 to 4.5 miles from the TH. All were passable with use trails skirting the obstructions.
Triangle Lake N/A 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Twin Lakes 16E12 06-26-2015 Trail clear to Twin Lakes. Water flowing down trail in many areas; some sections of trail swampy up near Twin Lakes and Island Lake. Dam crossings wet but OK with caution. Many flowers, some mosquitoes.
Tyler 16E09 06-13-2015 Tyler Lake trail has a considerable about of water running through and/or inside the tread, though it is still fully navigable.
Velma Lakes 17E34 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.

 

Unmaintained Wilderness Trails
(Subject to clearing once every 10 years or less, as crew scheduling allows.)
Trail Name Number Updated Conditions
McConnell Lake 16E06 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Red Peak Stock 16E31 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.

 

Non-Wilderness Trails
(Immediately adjacent to wilderness boundary.)
Trail Name Number Updated Conditions
Angora 17E37 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Bassi Creek 15E19/15E20 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Bloodsucker 16E14 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Highland Lake 15E21 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Loon Lake 16E30 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Pyramid Creek 17E25 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Shadow Lake 15E22 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
Twin Lakes TH to Rockbound 16E16/16E18 06-29-2015 Early summer conditions: Very little snow left; some trails and sections of trails muddy and wet, with flooding in low-lying areas.
 

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Date at LOC
Trail
Type of Issue
Full Description
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6206-27-1517E31OtherGlen Alpine trail to half moon trail is clear. Half Moon Trail to lake has a few downed trees and standing water both easily passable. Half Moon Lake has lots of mosquitoes at all times of day. N/A
6105-24-1517E39OtherFree of trees, 1 to 4 inches of water on 50% of trail. Very unstable drifts on trail in Haypress Meadow.N/A
6005-23-1517E40OtherFree of snow and trees. 1 to 3 inches of water on 50% of trail, some deeper puddles. N/A
5905-23-1517E39OtherClear of trees and snow. 50% of trail has 1 to 3 inches of water, some deeper puddles. N/A
5805-07-1516E12OtherTrail is clear all the way to Twin Lakes with no snow or down trees present. N/A
5705-01-1516E13Unstable_SnowThe trail is clear to the main Lyons Creek crossing inside the Wilderness. There are a few down trees and quite a bit of water running down the trail. After the crossing you will be on snow on the way to Sylvia Lake. The creek is running high and cold, cross with care.N/A
5603-21-1517E39Unstable_SnowNot really unstable, but whole trail after Haypress Meadow on 8000+ ft is covered in couple feet of ice. Lakes are all frozen and trails are all hidden.N/A
5508-31-1416E30OtherBoulder in middle of trail on Rubicon trail between Clyde Lake Trail and Misquito Pass. Approximately 3ft.W x 3ft.L x 3ft.H and coordinates are N38deg52'40.1" by W120deg09'55.5" using NAD83.N/A
5408-30-1416E30OtherBoulder across two-thirds of trail north of the junction of Rubicon Trail and Clyde Lake Trail. Approximately 4ft.L x 2ft.W x 2ft.H and coordinates are N38deg52'33.5" W120deg10'14.3".N/A
5207-27-1417E42Tree_Across_Trail2 trees across the trail about 150-200 yards inside the DW boundry...1st -- about 30" diameter .... 2nd -- about 100' past the 1st ...12" diameter at 4 1/2' height above trail...N/A
5106-22-1416E08Other2-3 trees down over trail, easily passable. Trail is clear of snow to Rockbound Pass. Over the pass some cross country travel is needed to avoid snow between the pass and Lake Doris. Once past Lake Doris the trail is 99% clear to Lake Schmidell with only occasional patches of snow.N/A
5006-14-1417E01OtherTrail clear from Meeks Bay trailhead to the upper end of Stony Ridge LakeN/A
4906-14-1416E08Tree_Across_TrailThe Rockbound trail from Twin Lakes TH is in good condition and clear of major obstructions and snow to Rockbound Pass. Note: Trails are closed in the Wrights Lake area because of a major tree blowdown event which occurred last winter- the Rockbound TH area suffered significant damage from fallen trees and repairs are nearly completed. Trees are cleared from the Twin Lakes TH up to the Rockbound trail Wilderness Boundary. Within the Wilderness boundary there are only 4 trees (12-18" diameter all lodgepole pines) across the trail that warrant cross cut saw work. Three of the trees are just within the boundary: 12" top bind 2" above ground; 12"+ top bind 6' above ground- bottom bind and hanging; and 18" top bind 3' above ground. The fourth tree is above willow flat before the cutoff trail tN/A
4806-07-1417E33Unstable_SnowTallac. Trail at the top of Cathedral Bowl still has a melting cornice of snow. Hikers are climbing the rock around it and making it to the summit.N/A
4706-01-1417E39OtherTrail is clear of snow from Echo Chalet all the way to Haypress Meadow. From Haypress all the was to Mosquito Pass, there are large patches of snow, some as much as 6' deep in Haypress. The trail is wet and in many places, the trail is flooded. N/A
4505-24-1417E40OtherFrom echo lake once you reach the ridge above Tamarak lake the trail is covered in snow all the way to lake of the woods and lake aloha. Estimated 2-3 ft deepN/A
4405-15-1416E12Tree_Across_TrailThe closure of Wrights Lake due to downed trees from the November 2013 wind event adds almost 1 mile, each way, to hikes from the Wrights Lake trailhead (hiking from the parking lot outside the Wrights Lake gate). Several downed trees will be encountered shortly after entering the trail (near the lake), but it is then clear until after the trail starts to climb towards the Grouse Lake outlet creek; from that point there are numerous large trees across the trail, requiring significant climbing or bushwacking to get over or around. The trail becomes very indistinct as you approach the Grouse Lake outlet creek.N/A
3904-29-1417E33Tree_Across_Trail3 TREES ACROSS THE TRAIL BETWEEN TH AND CATHEDRAL LAKE....LARGEST ABOUT 14" DIAMETER ABOUT 1/2 WAY BETWEEN FLOATING ISLAND LAKE AND CATHEDRAL LAKE...IT IS BURIED UNDER SNOW...SNOW COVERED TRAIL AFTER FIL TO CL WITH NUMEROUS AREAS OF POST HOLING ABOVE THE KNEES... NO LARGE DIAMETER TREES DOWN THIS YEAR...N/A
3805-14-1416E12Tree_Across_TrailThere are numerous large trees down across the trail due to a wind event in November 2013. Due to the number of trees down, it is unknown when the trail will be fully cleared. Photo
3705-09-1416E16/16E18OtherTwin Lakes and Rockbound Trailheads are closed until further notice. A wind event in November 2013 resulted in large blowdown of trees in the Wrights Lake Recreation Area. The area is closed until the Forest Service can address the large number of downed trees and assess/repair damage to the campground and day use areas. Hikers to Desolation Wilderness will need to park outside the gate and walk on the paved road to access the trails, adding about 1/2 mile to your hike. Use of picnic tables, boat launch, etc. in the Wrights Lake area is not allowed. Thanks for your patience while this situation is addressed.N/A

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