Wildfire Affects Pacific Crest Trail
Wildfires threaten National Forests in central and eastern Washington. Source KUOW

The Blankenship Fire in the South Fork of Agnes Creek of the Glacier Peak Wilderness has grown to over 70 acres, causing the Forest Service to close approximately 10 miles of the popular Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Suiattle Pass north to Agnes Creek.

According to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the closure affects the portion of the trail at the south end of Suiattle Pass near the intersection of PCT #2000 and the Hart/Lyman Trail #1256 north to Five Mile Camp at the junction of PCT # 2000 and the West Fork of Agnes Creek Trail #1272.

Wildfire Affects Pacific Crest Trail
Blankenship fire closes nearly 10 miles of the PCT. Source PCTA.org

The closure went into effect on July 25th, due to ongoing concern for public safety. The Chelan Ranger District will review the closure once the fire is under control. Until the closure is lifted, hikers will be rerouted approximately 31.5 miles around the fire. The detour will take hikers on the Hart/Lyman Trail #1256 around Holden Village on a flagged trail. From Holden Village, hikers will be directed north along the Ten Mile Falls Trail #1270 and Ten Mile Creek Trail # 1241 to Devore Creek Trail #1244, and then west towards High Bridge Trailhead.

The PCT is seeing record numbers of hikers this summer after the successful movie adaptation of the Cheryl Strayed memoir Wild, staring Reese Witherspoon.

Detour maps are available at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website.

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