Trail update with Chris Sabo


Published Jul 17, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

The heat is back

Temperatures will soar into the mid-90s this weekend, which means lakes, recreation sites and the Deschutes River will likely have more traffic. Pack accordingly and be sure to hydrate.

Wilderness TRAILS

Patchy snow remains above 6,000 feet, including Three Fingered Jack, Mount Jefferson and other north-facing slopes. Crews will start clearing heavy blowdown on Rockpile Lake Trail today. Moraine Lake, Green Lakes and other surrounding lakes are all in good shape.

Road 370, near Todd Lake, has rough conditions and is recommended for high-clearance vehicles only. Wilderness rangers are on full patrol so have permits on hand. Canyon Creek Loop Trail, out of the Jack Lake trailhead, has heavy wilderness patrol because of recent trail damage. Users are urged to practice leave-no-trace principles when camping, including disposing of waste properly and minimizing campfire impacts. Limited trail clearing is in progress within the Diamond Peak area. Clearing of blowdown is complete at Fawn Lake and the Newberry Caldera area, including the Crater Rim and Paulina Creek trails. Uphill biker traffic only on Paulina Creek Trail because of equine use and safety concerns.

Leash update

Starting July 15 and running until Sept. 15, leashes are required within trails, trail corridors and basins on South Sister Climbers Trail, Todd Lake, Soda Creek, Broken Top, Green Lakes and Moraine Lake between South Sister Climbers Trail and Fall Creek. A leash exception is permitted only when dogs are swimming or cooling off.

FIRE NOTICE

A human-caused fire was started on the South Sister Climbers Trail around 7,000 feet Saturday. The fire is being monitored and is unlikely to spread. Because of its close proximity to the trail, hikers are cautioned to keep a safe distance.

Pole Creek update

Ninety percent of the wilderness trails within the burn area are cleared of blowdown. Burn area boundaries are posted with maps and signs when entering or leaving the burn area. Pole Creek area road restrictions remain in place with no backcountry camping until campers exit the burn area.

Cascade cycling classic

The annual race will run through Sunday with stages commencing throughout area, including on Awbrey Butte, Cascade Lakes Highway and McKenzie Pass.