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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 07-31-2014 Bayview to Azure Lake trail dry and dusty.
Blakely 16E07 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Eagle Falls 17E03 07-19-2014 Busy and crowded; lots of visitors of all ability levels using the trail.
Glen Alpine 17E06 07-12-2014 Four trees down on or over trail just before Grass Lake.
Grass Lake 17E06 07-12-2014 Four trees down on or over trail just before the lake.
Grouse Lake 16E01 07-16-2014 Overall very good conditions. One tree fall next to Grouse on the trail. Another beyond that, on the trail to Hemlock. Neither poses a problem for hikers.
Half Moon Lake 17E31 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Lake Doris to Rubicon 16E08 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Lake Lucille 17E09 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Lake of the Woods to Lake Aloha 17E40 07-26-2014 Trail in good condition.
Lake of the Woods to Ropi Lake 17E11 07-29-2014 Trail clear, rough in places.
Lyons Creek Trail 16E13 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Lyons Lake 16E13 07-29-2014 One log, easily stepped over, at top of climb to Lyons.
Mt Tallac 17E33 07-30-2014 Heavily used, dusty. If heading for the peak, check forecast for possibility of thundershowers and/or lightning.
Pacific Crest N/A 07-21-2014 Very good conditions from Echo to Tamarack.
PCT to Aloha 17E39 07-04-2014 Trail to Aloha and American are in good condition; no snow on trail, no logs or other debris blocking trail.
Ralston 17E41 07-27-2014 Very dusty. Two trees across trail.
Ralston Peak 17E42 07-27-2014 Dry and very dusty.
Red Peak 15E08 07-15-2014 Many downed trees across trail within the wilderness. Trail has dried out, mosquito activity is minimal. Most creeks dry. Bassi Creek still has some water; all crossings are easy rock hops with no need to get feet wet.
Rockbound 16E08 07-23-2014 Generally good, very dry. One 18-inch tree down, easy sit-down crossing. No running water to cross. No drinking water between trailhead and Maud. Only a trickle flowing into the lake; even less flowing out. A few flowers left at scattered locations. Very few mosquitoes.
Rubicon 16E30 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Schmidell 16E28 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Tahoe-Yosemite 17E01 07-06-2014 Trail clear and generally good from Meeks Bay trailhead to Rubicon Lake. Dry, dusty, and rocky.
Triangle Lake N/A 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Twin Lakes 16E12 07-20-2014 Trail dry and in good condition.
Tyler 16E09 07-31-2014 Rocky and uneven in many places. Trail hard to follow in some areas, especially closer to Gertrude; cross country from Gertrude to Tyler - only a short section of the old trail is barely discernible. Three trees across trail inside wilderness - two are easy stepovers, one requires a sit on and butt-pivot over (no good walk around). No drinking water between Wrights Lake and Gertrude.
Velma Lakes 17E34 07-22-2014 Good condition.

 

Unmaintained Wilderness Trails
(Subject to clearing once every 10 years or less, as crew scheduling allows.)
Trail Name Number Updated Conditions
McConnell Lake 16E06 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Red Peak Stock 16E31 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.

 

Non-Wilderness Trails
(Immediately adjacent to wilderness boundary.)
Trail Name Number Updated Conditions
Angora 17E37 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Bassi Creek 15E19/15E20 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Bloodsucker 16E14 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Highland Lake 15E21 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Loon Lake 16E30 07-31-2014 Dry summer conditions.
Pyramid Creek 17E25 07-13-2014 Generally good from Twin Bridges parking area to Avalanche Lake, although numerous side trails may be confusing.
Shadow Lake 15E22 07-05-2014 Multiple down trees, debris on trail, brush encroaching on more than 50 percent of trail.
Twin Lakes TH to Rockbound 16E16/16E18 07-23-2014 Generally good, very dry. One 18-inch tree down, easy sit-down crossing. No running water to cross. No drinking water between trailhead and Maud. Only a trickle flowing into the lake; even less flowing out. A few flowers left at scattered locations. Very few mosquitoes.
 

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Date at LOC
Trail
Type of Issue
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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
3412-08-1317E37OtherFinal Test. Fixed Photo Upload, added more information to the Admin Notification Email.Photo
1711-09-1317E33Tree_Across_TrailTree across trail about 1/3 of the way to Floating Island Lake. Tree across trail about 1/3 way to Cathedral Lake. Ice on the trail in places. Fall conditions. Weather changeable.N/A
1610-30-1317E33Tree_Across_TrailTREE ACROSS THE TRAIL ABOUT 1/3 OF THE WAY UP TO FLOATING ISLAND LAKE JUST BEFORE THE RIDGE ABOVE FALLEN LEAF LAKE...THIS TREE IS OUTSIDE THE DESOLATION WILDERNESS BOUNDARY. SNOW ON THE TRAIL WHICH VARIES IN DEPTH FROM 4-10 INCHES...N/A
1507-10-1317E33OtherNo major obstacles or water crossings. Snow patch at top of bowl passable on trail without climbing around it. No snow at or near summit. No water for people or dogs above Cathedral Lake. N/A
1407-08-1317E40Tree_Across_TrailThis is actually on the trail that circles Lake of the Woods, close to the junction with the trail to lake Aloha. Large treefall, 18" to 20" diameter, 10" above the trail, lying diagonally across the trail. Stepover is not possible: bypass with a full pack is difficult, and perhaps somewhat perilous. Location is N 38 51.200 W 120 07.077. Photos uploaded to "Media" page.N/A
1307-01-1317E01Tree_Across_TrailTrail to Stony Ridge Lake in good shape - biggest obstacle is tree across trail at Shadow Lake, see: http://desowv.org/medias/pictures/photo?groupid=1&albumid=108#photoid=1587 Also, there were a few smaller trees (easy to get around) further up the trail towards Stony Ridge.N/A
1206-23-1316E13OtherTrail is green and clear of snow to both lakes. Wildflowers starting to bloom.N/A
1106-16-1317E39Tree_Across_TrailTwo trees downed on PCT approx 1/2 mile south of Lake AlohaN/A
1006-14-1317E25OtherSign at trailhead needs to be repaired- it has fallen off the support. Box holding day permit applications at the wilderness boundary is empty.N/A

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