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100 Hikes/Travel Guide: NW Oregon & SW Washington, 4th Edition (c)2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.  (Next printing with updates will be the Fifth Edition on April 1, 2020. If you are using a book printed in 2018 or earlier, you will find that many of the hike numbers have been changed.)

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-- #1 (#14) Warrior Rock -- Parking permits for Sauvie Island are now $10 per day or $30 per year. To find the viewpoint of St. Helens at the northernmost tip of Sauvie Island, walk north along the beach from the lighthouse only 200 yards to a small concrete artillery platform. Turn inland to the left here on a small service road for 100 yards to a T-shaped road junction. The route back to your car is to the left, but first walk to the right along the old road 0.3 mile to the viewpoint at the tip of Sauvie Island. On your way back to the car, stick to the road, because the cow paths leading inland are overgrown.

-- #2 Aerial Tram & Council Crest -- Parking at the Zoo is now $1.60  per hour. The aerial tram no longer runs on Sundays.

-- #3 Washington Park -- The Japanese Garden is now harder to visit from the Wildwood Trail. Construction of a new, expanded entrance to the garden closed the convenient back-door connector to the Wildwood Trail in 2017, perhaps permanently. The hikers' detour route on sidewalks along Fairview Boulevard and Kingston adds half a mile each way. Also note: A pedestrian bridge across Burnside is planned for 2019, making it easier for Wildwood Trail hikers to cross this busy road.
-- #4 Maple Trail -- As of April 2014, a bridge has washed out on the Maple Trail just south of the viewpoint on Firelane #4. It is possible to cross the creek here anyway, but the official detour now does an awkward zigzag. From the 4-way intersection near the viewpoint (now labeled as Fireroad #4), you are supposed to go up to the paved Leif Erikson trail, turn left 1/4 mile to the next trail downhill (the Koenig Trail), and then continue on the Maple Trail south to Leif Erikson again. The parks department will probably replace this bridge, and in the meantime, adventurous hikers can probably ignore the detour and cross the creek anyway.

-- #6 Northern Forest Park -- Drivers should note that Germantown Road is backed up with traffic during rush hours. Also, a landslide closed the lower part of Newberry Road in 2018. The slide, 0.7 mile up from Highway 30, is still moving, so the closure may last several years. In the meantime, the Wildwood Trailhead is still accessible by car, but only from the upper part of Newberry Road from Skyline Blvd.

-- #10 Powell Butte -- Some trails have been renamed and relocated following the reservoir construction project that was completed in 2015. As before, start by following the paved Mountain View Trail to the summit. The Orchard Loop Trail is now Summit Lane. Once you are at the "Mountain Finder" viewpoint at Powell Butte's summit, continue on Summit Lane on a loop by keeping right at junctions for 0.8 mile until you reach a large gravel 4-way junction near the start of the loop. Turn right if you are ready to return to your car. For another mile-long loop, however, turn left on the Douglas Fir Trail (previously the Mt. Hood Trail). After half a mile, turn right on the Cedar Grove Trail and keep right for half a mile back to the summit meadow and the route back to your car. Pipeline Lane, the road/trail around the north side of the reservoir site, reopened in late 2015, now that construction of the new reservoir is complete.

-- #13 Champoeg Heritage Area -- The log cabin museum has been moved away from the eroding riverbank to avoid falling into the Willamette. It is now part of a new Newell Pioneer Village, a complex of historic buildings maintained by the Daughters of the American Revolution on Champoeg Road 0.1 mile west of the state park entrance. This excellent little museum complex is open Friday-Sunday from March through October. Pay your admission at the log cabin. The required guided tour takes you to the relocated Butteville schoolhouse and jail, and the 1852 Robert Newell house, where exhibits include gowns from Oregon's first ladies and baskets from Oregon tribes.

-- #13 Tualatin Hills Parks -- Several trails at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park have changed names recently. Notably, the Creek Trail is now an extension of the Old Wagon Trail. All this has been corrected in the 2019 printing of the book. Here's a current park map, sent in by alert reader Timothy Werth:

Cabins, Lookouts & Inns in SW Washington -- Although a fire in the Trapper Creek area burned the rentable Peterson Cabin at Government Mineral Springs, a replacement cabin of 1930s vintage was moved to the site and restored in 2018. The new/old cabin is now available for rent at www.recreation.gov. 

-- #17 Silver Star Mountain -- The access road to this trailhead has become so deeply rutted that the final 2.7 miles on Road 4109 are impassable to virtually all passenger cars. The recommended trailhead is now where you turn sharply right off Road 1100 onto Road  4109 (GPS 45.7947 -122.2509), although this increases the round-trip distance to Silver Star Mountain to a 10.6-mile loop with 3020 feet of elevation gain -- and half of that distance is on an ugly, rutted road. For an easier, prettier route, start at the Grouse Vista Trailhead on the other side of the mountain, via Washougal. This route is described at the back of the book as Hike #114, "Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista." From the trailhead, take a rocky trail up to the right. This route is shown as a road on the map, but has become a wide, shady trail that is only steep and rocky for the first mile. From Grouse Vista, it's 3.3 miles to the summit of Silver Star Mountain, with 2020 feet of elevation gain. Returning on a loop via Sturgeon Rock and the Tarbell Trail would bring the mileage total to an 8.3-mile loop with 2100 feet of elevation gain -- although a logging operation will close half a mile of the Tarbell Trail near its junction with the Sturgeon Trail for the entire summer of 2018.

-- #18 Moulton Falls -- The Mt. St. Helens viewpoint that's recommended as a turnaround point ("Lunch Stumps") has been usurped by a new clearcut with a Mt. St. Helens viewpoint a quarter mile earlier. Also, because of increased traffic and more stoplights on the driving route through Orchards, Washington, it is now quicker to drive to the trailhead via Interstate 5 and Battle Ground. From Vancouver, take I-5 north 11 miles to Battle Ground exit #11, turn right on Highway 502 for 6.5 miles to a stoplight in Battle Ground, turn left on NW 10th Avenue (alias Highway 503) toward Amboy for 5.5 miles, and turn right at a sign for Lucia Falls onto NE Rock Creek Road for 5 miles to the Lucia Falls parking lot on the right. Moulton Falls is another 3.1 miles along the road.

-- #19 Siouxon Creek -- The bridge just before Chinook Creek Falls has been replaced, so it is crossable without worry.

-- #20 Coldwater Lake -- The Coldwater Visitor Center, closed for years, has been renamed the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater. It is open only in summer, and only for special programs and as a rental space.

-- #21 Johnston Ridge -- A new section of the Boundary Trail, 1.6 miles from the Johnston Ridge Observatory, bypasses a steep, exposed portion of the old trail that led directly to the "great viewpoint" on the Devils Elbow ridge end. To reach that viewpoint now it's safest to continue straight on the Boundary Trail another 0.3 mile and then turn sharply right on a safer portion of the old trail for 0.3 mile. Because this new cutoff shortens the Boundary Trail a bit, round-trip mileages to Harrys Ridge and Coldwater Peak are now 0.6 mile less. 

-- #23 Ape Cave -- A 0.8-mile, above-ground viewpoint trail from Ape Headquarters has been completed, giving hikers the option of hiking to a viewpoint of Mt. St. Helens, If you've brought kids who need to run, this is a better place to do it, because it isn't possible underground. The new path gains 400 feet of elevation, climbing northwest from the Ape Headquarters parking lot along overgrown logging roads, past an old quarry. The trail ends at a switchback of the paved one-lane Road 8303, so it would be possible for wheelchair users to park here and go just 100 feet on an all-accessible portion of the trail to the viewpoint.

-- #24 Mt. St. Helens Rim -- The permits for climbing Mt. St. Helens are no longer picked up at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar. In winter, from November 1 to March 31, you simply fill out a free, unlimited permit at the Marble Mountain Sno-park. The rest of the year you must buy your permit online at www.mshinstitute.com. It costs $22 and is limited to 100 people a day in summer, and 500 people a day from April 1 to May 15. Each year's signup begins on February 1. Summer weekends fill quickly. 

-- #27 Lava Canyon -- If you plan to shuttle car to the lower trailhead on gravel Road 8322, be warned that it has become so rough that some passenger cars choose to turn back.

-- # 28 Windy Ridge -- If you are hiking the difficult loop to the Plains of Abraham, be warned that the short, steep trail section down from Windy Ridge to the Plains of Abraham is covered with slippery pea gravel. A walking stick and boots with grippy soles are recommended. Also, note that a trail to the crater viewpoint above Loowit Falls (proposed in 2014) will probably not be built, both because of a lack of funds and because of concern that the crater area should be reserved for scientific research.

-- #31 Lewis River Falls -- Repairs to Road 90 were completed in December 2018, so access to this trailhead is again open.

On the Lewis River Trail itself, a washout just downstream from Middle Falls now requires a detour on the half-mile-longer loop uphill past Copper Creek Falls for this middle section of the trail.

-- #32-36 -- The Bridge of the Gods now charges a $2 toll instead of $1 for cars to cross the Columbia River at Cascade Locks. Also, in August of 2019 a traffic circle was built where the Wind River Road 30 joins Highway 14. If you're driving to Carson you cross the Bridge of the Gods, turn right on Highway 14 for 5.9 miles to a roundabout, and turn left through Carson on Wind River Road 30.  

-- #34 Thomas Lake -- Camping is now allowed only at 16 backpacking campsites in the Thomas Lake and Blue Lake areas. The designated sites are marked by numbered posts; a map at the trailhead shows the locations. Also, a washout on Road 65 closed the driving route described in the book as of August 2019. Fortunately, a shorter and better route to the Thomas Lake Trailhead is open. To find it from Highway 14, drive Wind River Road 30 north through Carson for 29 miles. At milepost 29, turn right on gravel Road 6507. Signs warn that this road is rough but it's actually a good gravel road. Stick to the larger road at junctions to keep on Road 6507 for 4 miles. At a T-shaped junction, turn left on gravel Road 65 for half a mile to the trailhead parking area on the right.
--#35 Junction Lake -- A small 2017 fire, ignited by a lightning strike on East Crater, burned down the cinder cone to the shore of Junction Lake. The fire only touched a small portion of the trail, and doesn't diminish the quality of the hike.  

-- #37 Sleeping Beauty -- Disregard the comment "(from Road 5800)" in the information block. The hike has only one trailhead (on Road 040). And the trailhead parking area has been expanded, so it now has room for more cars.

-- #38 Mount Adams Meadows -- The Bird Creek Meadows area closed in July 2018, but it is rumored that the Yakama Nation may reopen the area (and perhaps also the very rough access road) in September 2019. The area is known as "Tract D", a wedge-shaped portion of the Yakama reservation that includes the meadows, Hellroaring Viewpoint, and Iceberg Lake. Until the tribe officially reopens this area, non-tribal hikers on the Round-The-Mountain Trail from the South Climb Trailhead will need to turn back at the reservation boundary. The Cougar Creek Fire of August 2015 burned across the road to the Bird Creek Meadows trailhead on the Yakama reservation. That road has been gated closed and undrivable since then. The fire burned spottily throughout Bird Creek Meadows.

-- Climbing Mt. Adams -- Climbing passes are required for anyone venturing about the 7000-foot level on this mountain. In 2019 these passes can still be purchased at the Trout Lake Ranger Station and at popular climbing trailheads. In 2020, however, only a limited number of climbing passes will be issued (probably about 100 per day) and they will only be available for purchase online at recreation.gov , probably for about $15 per person. This will be similar to the system of limited advance climbing permits that has been used at Mt. St. Helens for years. More information about the new Mt. Adams climbing rules is at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mtadams . 

-- #39 Cape Horn -- Because of some rerouting to make the lower, western part of this loop safer, the trail no longer switchbacks down a rockslide, visits a viewpoint above the train tunnel, or ducks behind a waterfall. The trail is still spectacular, but those things are now on unofficial side trails. Meanwhile, the purchase of additional land by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge will make possible a more scenic trail route along the crest of Cape Horn, east of the Russell Overlook.  

-- #41 Beacon Rock -- You can now use a credit card to pay for your Discover Pass, but only at the Beacon Rock Trailhead by the rock on Highway 14. The pass costs $11 per day or $33 per year.

-- #42 Aldrich Butte & Table Mountain -- The ONLY legal trailhead for this hike is now the Bonneville Trailhead (also for the Pacific Crest Trail) on Highway 14, next to Bonneville Dam. This access to Table Mountain and Aldrich Butte adds 3 miles to the hike, each way. The old trailhead at Bonneville Hot Springs is NOT open to the public as of January 2017. The hotel has been sold to Foundations Recovery Network, an addiction treatment company from Tennessee. The new owners have gated the area for construction, and probably will keep it gated. The undeveloped  "Aldrich Mountain Trailhead" a mile south of Bonneville Hot Springs, off Shelley Lane, is also off-limits. It is on land that was purchased by Pete Kamm. He posted No Trespassing signs there in the summer of 2016, after 30 cars parked haphazardly on the BPA road, under the powerline, and on his property. Meanwhile, the Bonneville Trails Foundation is partnering with the new owners of the Bonneville Hot Springs resort in the hopes of establishing a new trailhead somewhere in the community of North Bonneville. Because this route would cross private land and land managed by a variety of public agencies, the new trailhead is unlikely to open before 2020, and possibly several years later than that. So plan on starting at the PCT Trailhead! And be aware that the Bridge of the Gods now charges a $2 toll.

-- #45 to #50 (Angels Rest to Herman Creek) -- These very popular hikes burned  in the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Trails in the Herman Creek area reopened in the summer of 2018 (including the Pacific Crest Trail, Indian Point, and Dry Creek Falls). The Angels Rest-Multnomah Falls-Larch Mountain area reopened in November 2018, along with the Historic Columbia River Highway there. The Wahclella Falls loop reopened in August 2019. The Eagle Creek area is unlikely to reopen until late 2019, including most of Oneonta Creek, Elowah Falls, Eagle Creek, and Ruckel Creek. The fire did not burn all trees, so there will still be greenery, especially around waterfalls and creeks. Many exposed ridges, however, burned so thoroughly that hikers can expect black snags and views for the next decade.

After the August 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, a few trails on the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge remain closed by rockslides, downed trees, and washouts, as here at Wahclella Falls (USFS photo). 

-- #44 Latourell Falls -- This trail reopened in November 2017. Although this area did not burn in the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, the section of the Historic Columbia River Highway from Crown Point to Bridal Veil was closed from September to November 2017 while crews repaired fire damage nearby.

-- #45 Angels Rest -- This trail reopened in November 2018 after a 2017 wildfire. The fire did not burn the trailhead, but it burned more than half of the trees along the route to the viewpoint, and widened the viewpoint itself by clearing trees near the top of the ridge. The trail was cleared and rebuilt by the Trailkeepers of Oregon.

-- #46 Multnomah & Wahkeena Falls -- The trails here reopened in late May 2019 after being closed for two months because of rockfalls. All of the trails in this area had reopened after the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. The old Historic Columbia River Highway has also opened in this area. Although the Larch Mountain Trail is open, remember that snow blocks the upper trailhead in winter. Trails west to Oneonta Creek will remain closed until at least the summer of 2019. A $5 shuttle bus from the Gateway Transfer Center in East Portland to Rooster Rock and Multnomah Falls offers 12 trips a day from May through September. If the Multnomah Falls parking lot is full, signs direct drivers to park at Rooster Rock and use the shuttle bus.

-- #47 Oneonta and Horsetail Falls -- A 2017 wildfire burned over all the trails in this area, leaving only patches of green trees. The Horsetail Falls Trailhead reopened in November 2018, and it is now possible to hike the first 0.4 mile of trail as far as Ponytail Falls, where closure signs block further travel. Oneonta Gorge and other trails (including Triple Falls) are likely to remain closed until 2020. The historic, wood-framed highway tunnel at the mouth of Oneonta Creek also burned, and will be closed indefinitely. Wading up Oneonta Gorge from the historic Columbia River Highway is also not allowed. For the Forest Service trail damage assessment as of January 2018, see https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd569550.pdf 

-- #147 (#48) Nesmith Point -- A 2017 wildfire burned all of this trail, leaving some patches of green. Trees on ridges burned more thoroughly. The trailhead and trail are closed, and are not expected to reopen until the summer of 2020.

-- #48 (#49) Elowah and Wahclella Falls -- The Wahclella Falls trail reopened in August 2019, but the Elowah Falls trail remains closed due to the 2017 wildfire, probably until the summer of 2020. The Elowah Falls area burned lightly, so there are many green trees. The Wahclella Falls area burned a little hotter, leaving more snags. For a Forest Service assessment of trail damage at Wahclella Falls, see https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd569591.pdf.

The 2017 Eagle Creek Fire burned moss that had stabilized talus slopes. Rockslides  temporarily closed many trails in the area (USFS photo).

--#50 (#149) Tooth Rock and Wauna Point -- A 2017 wildfire burned this area, closing trails. The Tooth Rock Trailhead reopened in 2019, along with the paved path along the route of the old Columbia River Scenic Highway. The side trails to the toop are not expected to reopen until 2020. Wauna Point burned very hot, leaving only black snags. The unofficial scramble trail to Wauna Point is now dangerous and may never officially reopen.

-- #49 (#51) Eagle Creek -- This trail closed when a wildfire began here in September 2017 when teenagers were illegally playing with fireworks. The footbridge over Tish Creek, just beyond Punchbowl Falls, had just been replaced, but eight bridges will now have to be replaced that were lost in the fire. The section of trail where a cable handrail helps people cross a notch in the cliff will need serious work because rockslides have eroded the trailbed there. The trailhead and trails are not expected to open until 2020. Fines are being issued to people who violate this closure. The Gorge Trail footbridge across Eagle Creek from the Eagle Creek trailhead was also lost in the fire. Because it carried a pipe with fresh water for the campground, the campground will have no water until the bridge is replaced, possibly by 2021.

-- #150 (#52) Ruckel Creek -- The trail up Ruckel Creek and the route up Ruckel Ridge burned in August 2017, although the Benson Plateau did not burn, so the very tops of both routes are still in green woods and the Pacific Crest Trail is open. The Ruckel Creek Trail will need some rebuilding, and the Forest Service has given it a very low priority, so it might not open until 2021, if then. The Ruckel Ridge Trail is an unofficial scramble route, so it will not be rebuilt, but because it follows a rocky crest is should be nearly as passable for adventurers as before the fire -- but with more views. Those who are headed up Ruckel Ridge will find that the "Buck Point" sign is still there at Eagle Creek Campground's site #5, but the trail is closed and unmaintained.

-- #50 (#53) Herman Creek -- The powerline near the trailhead served as a fire break for the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, so the Herman Creek Trailhead is still green, but most of the trail itself is in the burn zone. The fire burned lightly in this area, so virtually all of the trees are green, with char marks near the bottom. The trailhead opened in 2018, and hiking is now allowed on all trails in this area, including the Pacific Crest Trail, the loop to Indian Point, the Gorton Creek Trail, Nick Eaton Ridge, the Benson Plateau, and the entire Herman Creek Trail to Wahtum Lake. Note that the Herman Creek Campground has been permanently closed, so you simply drive past it to the trailhead. The only severely burned areas are on ridgecrests, where fires tend to flame out. For the Forest Service assessment of trail damage in this area, see https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd569549.pdf.

-- #51 (#54) Wahtum Lake -- The access road and trailhead here closed in August 2017 because of the Eagle Creek Fire, although the fire did not actually burn the area around Wahtum Lake. The trailhead reopened in the summer of 2018. The only trail in this area that is closed is the Eagle Creek Trail below Wahtum Lake, and that route may remain closed until late 2019.

-- #52 (#55) Mount Defiance -- All of the trails here are open as of May 2018. Meanwhile, a new paved section of the historic Columbia River Highway has been completed for hikers/bikers/equestrians from Starvation Creek Exit 55 west to Lindsey Creek 1.2 miles. An additional 3.3-mile section west to Wyeth Exit 55 is expected to open in late 2018. The new bike path at the start of the Mt. Defiance hike is described in the 2018 version of the book. If you have an earlier version, you will want to follow the bike path 0.8 mile and turn left 100 feet to a circular stone patio with a view of Hole in the Wall Falls. Continue toward the falls, cross the creek on a footbridge, and follow the Starvation Ridge Trail 0.1 mile uphill to its junction with the Mount Defiance Trail under a powerline. If you are climbing Mt. Defiance, you will climb for 3 miles up a ridge that served as the eastern boundary of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, so the trail weaves in and out of the burn zone.

-- #53 (#56) Mitchell Point -- The Wygant Peak Trail was restored by The Trailkeepers of Oregon in 2018. The lower trail crossing of Perham Creek has no bridge, but logs make it easy to cross. The entire trail to the summit of Wygant Peak has been cleared. Trailside poison oak is still a problem until you climb above about 1000 feet of elevation. The "clifftop viewpoint" mentioned in the book as a destination was bypassed by the new trail route. There still is no view at the summit, but an obvious footpath leads SW 0.3 mile to a hillside meadow with a nice view west. The Chetwood Trail around the upper part of the Perham Creek canyon is still unmaintained and abandoned, and the bridgeless upper Perham Creek crossing is not easy.

-- #56 (#59) Dog Mountain -- As of 2019, advance permits are required to hike this trail on weekends from April 20 to June 16. In addition, cars at the trailhead must display a NW Forest Pass or a $5 parking permit purchased at the trailhead. Parking has always been tight at this popular trailhead. The Forest Service cracked down on "wildcat" parkers in 2017 by demarcating 70 official parking spaces and putting up "No Parking" signs everywhere else. On weekends from mid-April to mid-June, it is recommended that you park at the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson and ride a $2 shuttle bus back to the trailhead. Everyone who rides this shuttle will be given a hiking permit at the trailhead. The bus leaves every half hour, on the half hour, from 8:30am to 1:30pm. The last bus back from Dog Mountain leaves at 4:30pm. Well-behaved dogs are allowed on the bus. Call 541-296-2266 or check Skamania Transit's Facebook page for details. Those who do not ride the shuttle on these busy weekends must compete in advance for one of the 165 hiking permits issued each day for Dog Mountain at www.recreation.gov. The online permit costs $1.50 and is non refundable.

-- #58 (#60) Coyote Wall -- The trailhead was upgraded and expanded in early 2015. Now when you turn off Highway 14 onto Courtney Road, you turn RIGHT into a large, new paved parking lot with an information kiosk and a restroom. Parking is tight on spring weekends.

-- #59 (#61) Catherine Creek -- Parking at the gated road to the Indian Pits is no longer allowed. Walk there in from the official Catherine Creek parking area, either along the highway (not recommended) or on the old road/trail system across the plateau above the highway.

-- #62 (#60) Lyle Cherry Orchard -- The Friends of the Columbia Gorge have begun work on a trail that will connect the plateau trail junction with a new trailhead in the town of Lyle itself.

-- #63 Klickitat Rail Trail -- This trail is still open and public! If you see a sign claiming that a 2014 Supreme Court ruling closed this old railroad right-of-way to the public, ignore it. The Washington attorney general has ruled that the case does not apply here. You may also be talked at by the squatters who illegally built homes here in the 1980s. These people do not own land and do not pay taxes. They have not harmed hikers, but they occasionally harass hikers in the hopes that the squatters can claim the land by default. Ignore them politely. The trail is public.

-- #64 Wildwood Area -- The Bonanza Trailhead described as an option at the end of this page has always been confusing and contentious. Local landowners try to block hikers (although the Forest Service does have a legal right of way) by limiting parking and removing signs. Now there isn't even a sign that says "Narrow Bridge". Where the sign used to be, turn right on Bridge Street, cross a narrow bridge, and then turn left at confusing signs for East Grove Avenue and East Grove Drive. The start of the correct trail is still difficult to find, but then it is in good condition.

-- #71 Ramona Falls -- The seasonal footbridge across the Sandy River a mile from the Ramona Falls Trailhead washed out unexpectedly in August, 2014, resulting in a fatality. The bridge was not replaced in 2014, and now the Forest has decided not to replace it at all, for liability reasons. There are unofficial crossing sites in the area on logs, but they differ each year, and all of them are less safe than the Forest Service's seasonal bridge would have been. Cross at your own risk, and then continue on the maintained trail on the far shore.

-- #72 McNeil Point -- The unofficial loop trail around Bald Mountain has now been signed by the Forest Service as the "Cutoff Trail." When you are hiking the Timberline Trail to the right around Bald Mountain's viewpoint meadows, you don't need to count steps or check a GPS. Just watch for the "Cutoff Trail" sign to the left. And certainly don't wait to find a stock gate that blocks horses. That gate has been removed.

-- #75 Laurel Hill -- A widening project with a median divider on Highway 26 has made it unsafe to attempt to cross the highway from the Laurel Hill pullout to the Pioneer Bridle Trail that leads toward Little Zigzag Falls. Instead, after exploring the Laurel Hill wagon chute area, drive to the upper trailhead for the Pioneer Bridle Trail, on Road 522 near Government Camp, and hike 1.4 miles gradually downhill to the old highway tunnel and the trail to Little Zigzag Falls.

-- #75 (76) Mirror Lake -- The Forest Service relocated the Mirror Lake Trailhead in October 2018. The new parking lot, on the loop road next to Ski Bowl, has room for 50 cars. A connector trail from the new parking lot to the old trail adds half a mile to the hike in each direction, but saves 250 feet of elevation gain. The first few hundred feet of the new trail, switchbacking down to Camp Creek, are paved and accessible to wheelchairs. The old trailhead is closed and parking is banned along Highway 26 near the old trailhead's site.

-- #79 (80) Umbrella Falls -- The trail sign is fallen that marked the turnoff to Sahalie Falls. When you hike this loop, listen for the sound of the waterfall and look for the concrete bridge down through the trees to the right to find the steep, scrambly side trail down to the historic highway bridge.

-- #80 (81) Elk Meadows -- The hike as described is fine, but if you take the Bluegrass Ridge Trail shown on the map (to the south and east of Elk Meadows), you traverse an area burned by the 2008 Gnarl Ridge Fire. The Bunchgrass Ridge Trail has been reopened, but the little switchbacking tie trail down to Elk Meadows has been abandoned.

-- #84 Timberline Trail at Cloud Cap -- The Timberline Trail had been closed between these hikes for years because glacial floods reamed out the Eliot Branch creek crossing, but the round-the-mountain trail is now open, thanks to a new trail segment at the Cloud Cap Trailhead that opened in the fall of 2016. The new segment detours downhill from the trailhead 0.8 mile to a BRIDGELESS crossing of the Eliot Branch. Do not expect to cross dry-footed on a log, because there are few logs in this timberline chasm. Wading this torrent is particularly dangerous (or impossible) in the afternoon, when snowmelt increases the stream flow. If you make it across, it's 5 miles to Elk Cove. Entire mileage for the whole of the Timberline Trail is now 40 miles.

-- #87 -- Fret Creek & Oval Lake -- About 100 blowdown trees were across the trail along Fret Creek to Oval Lake and out to Flat Point in early July of 2016. Hikers can step over the trees, but it is tiring. The Forest Service is low on manpower to clear trails such as this, and are looking for volunteers who are willing to train for the service.

-- #88 -- Butte Creek Falls -- A Weyerhaeuser gate blocks access to this trailhead as of August 2018. The gate is on Crooked Finger Road 0.2 mile before the turnoff to Butte Creek Falls, so it is possible to park at the gate and walk 2.1 miles on the road to the old trailhead. This walk, however, is fairly ugly, descending through a clearcut before you get to the lovely Butte Creek Falls trail. The new gate does not block access to Abiqua Falls, although that hike is still not recommended. Not only is Abiqua Falls on private land, but the access road is too rough for most vehicles and the trail itself is a very rough scramble route.

-- #90 Memaloose Lake -- The shorter, paved access to this trailhead reopened in September 2019 after Road 45 was finally repaired after damage from a wildfire in 2014. It is no longer necessary to drive the confusing, arduous back road from Highway 211 south of Estacada.

-- #92 Fish Creek Mountain -- When driving up the Clackamas River on Highway 224, the turnoff to the Indian Henry Campground is just before the fourth green bridge, not the third. Also, in August 2014, a dozen trees were down across the upper part of the trail, and three large trees were down across the side trail to High Lake.

-- #95 Bagby Hot Springs -- In the off-season from about November to April, and whenever a uniformed employee is not at the trailhead, the private concessionaire has self-pay envelopes at the trailhead (instead of wristbands) where you can pay  the $5-per-person fee to use the hot springs. Parking is always free for hikers who do not intend to soak.

-- #96 Pansy Lake -- The "three confusing trail junctions" described in the book are no longer confusing. The side trail at the first junction is so faint that it is no longer tempting. The main junction at the start of the loop is well marked, with Trail "549" going left to Dickey Lake and Trail "551" going right to Pansy Lake. 

-- #100 Jefferson Park Ridge -- The detour to Pyramid Butte has become much less fun since a 2010 fire burned the forest there. The section of the old Skyline Trail to Pyramid Butte is findable but unmaintained, blocked by downed logs. The same fire destroyed the footbridge 0.6 mile from the Breitenbush Trailhead that used to mark the fork for the Skyline Trail loop. Fortunately the PCT is still quite nice in this area, so follow it straight up to Park Ridge.

Advance permits to enter Jefferson Park will be required as of May 2020. The number of permits will be limited per day, and will be available for $6 per group on www.recreation.gov. The permits will be required both for backpackers and for day hikers from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend in May to the last Friday in September.

For the summer of 2019, advance permits are not required, and in fact, backpacking campsite reservations will not be available for the 30 posted legal lakeside campsites in Jeff Park. For this summer it's first-come-first-served, but camping is still only allowed in posted sites. If the sites are full, you must camp at least 250 feet from any lake.

The 2017 Whitewater Fire burned nearly all of the Whitewater Trail, but none of Jefferson Park, the South Breitenbush Trail, or the PCT in this area.

-- #114 Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista -- A logging operation has closed half a mile of the Tarbell Trail near its junction with the Sturgeon Trail during the entire summer of 2018. It may be possible, but is not recommended, to ignore the warning signs and hike through while the closure is in effect. The logging will leave a large clearcut in this area.

-- #115 Tarbell Trail -- This long, woodsy trail along the west side of Silver Star Mountain is popular with equestrians, but the 5-mile section from the Tarbell Trailhead to Hidden Falls is short enough and scenic enough to be great for hikers too. The book's directions to the trailhead are accurate, but these directions are clearer: From Vancouver, drive Interstate 5 north 11 miles to Battle Ground exit #11, turn right on Hwy 502 for 6.5 miles to a stoplight in Battle Ground, turn left on NW 10th Avenue (alias Highway 503) toward Amboy for 5.5 miles, turn right at a sign for Lucia Falls onto NE Rock Creek Road for 8.5 miles (a quarter mile beyond Moulton Falls), turn right on NE Sunset Falls Road for 2 miles, turn right across a bridge onto NE Dole Valley Road for 2.4 paved miles, turn left on gravel Road L1100 for 2.1 mile to a big junction, and turn right for 300 feet to the Tarbell Trailhead, where a Discover Pass is required (but cannot be purchased here). Half a dozen picnic tables are hidden in the woods along the start of the trail uphill.

-- #128 Quartz Creek Ridge -- After driving up Road 90 you should turn left on Road 9075 (not 9025). Also note that motorcycles are allowed on the trail.

 -- #146 Stebbins Creek -- The trailhead was blocked by a fallen tree in April 2018, and the trail beyond was obliterated by logging. The Washington Department of Natural Resources commented on these disruptions, "Well, logging happens a lot around here." The trail is currently unfindable for most of its route, and the DNR has no timeline for rebuilding it.

-- #147-148 -- The 2017 Eagle Creek Fire thoroughly burned Munra Point and Rudolph Spur, so these unofficial scramble trails are dangerously unstable, sooty, and unattractive. The Toothrock Trailhead, however, is open as of July 2019, so access to the State Historic Columbia Highway Trail is fine both toward Eagle Creek/Cascade Locks and to the west. Side trails to Munra Point and other destinations remain closed.

-- #149 Dry Creek Falls -- A 2017 wildfire burned all of this area down to the I-84 freeway, although many green trees remain. The trailhead by the Bridge of the Gods was narrowly missed by the fire. The trailhead and the Pacific Crest Trail reopened in 2018.

-- #153 (#156) Wyeth Trail to North Lake -- The first 5 miles of this trail burned in 2017 and will remain closed until at least 2020, but the final 0.7 mile and the area around North Lake remain intact.

-- #155 (#159) Rainy Lake -- The driving directions are fine until the end. Instead of ending "continue on gravel Road 2820 for 1.5 miles," you need to "continue on gravel Road 2820 for 11 miles to a fork. Veer right for 0.2 mile to reach Rainy Lake. If you veer left to stay on Road 2820 for a mile you will be at Black Lake."

-- #157 Hood River Mountain -- The SDS Lumber Company which owns the trail system here replaced the popular 0.9-mile trail from the Pass to the Summit with an active logging road in April 2015. Bulldozers flattened the mountain's summit viewpoint for use as a log-yarding deck. This is private land, so this is their right. The new logging road is closed to the public during the operation, but is likely to reopen for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians within a year. The summit and road itself will recover somewhat with time. Meanwhile, the trails along the ridge south of the summit are still intact and open to the public, so you can start your tour at the gated road to the radio tower instead. 

-- #169 Paradise Park -- This trail was impassable at the 4-mile mark in July 2017. It was even worse in June 2018, almost unfindable due to blowdown logs. It may not be cleared until 2019.

-- #170 Timberline Trail -- The Eliot Branch crossing reopened in 2017 with a 0.8-mile detour. See Hike #83/84 above. 

-- #176 & 177 Elk Cove Trail & Pinnacle Ridge -- These adjacent trails on the north side of Mt. Hood were overswept by a 2011 fire. Despite maintenance you can expect some fallen black snags across both trails.

-- #187 Eagle Creek (Clackamas) -- This trailhead reopened in 2018 when the Forest Service put a sign at the trailhead and convinced the Weyerhaeuser timber company that they cannot block the public right-of-way with a gate. The access road remains confusing and unmarked, and does cross private timberland, so the right-of-way battle may not be over.

-- #190 Old Baldy and Tumala Mtn -- If you start at the Baldy Trailhead it is easy to overlook the left-hand trail that leads north to Old Baldy. The more obvious trail leads to the right toward Tumala Mountain. If you pass a sign marking the relatively well-traveled Eagle Creek Cutoff Trail you will know that you are headed south toward Tumala Mountain. 

-- #195 Whetstone Mountain -- Road 7030 is overgrown and washed-out, so take a different route to the trailhead. From the Bagby Hot Springs trailhead, continue west on paved Road 70 for a mile, turn left on gravel Road 7020 for 7 miles, and turn left on the short spur Road 028 to the Whetstone Mountain Trailhead.

-- #202 Fish and Si Lakes -- The final 0.7 mile of Road 120 to the lower easy trailhead has been blocked by a ditch and a berm, although high clearance vehicles can drive around it.

-- #205 Butte Creek Falls -- A Weyerhaeuser gate blocked access to this trailhead as of August 2018. The gate is on Crooked Finger Road 0.2 mile before the turnoff to Butte Creek Falls, so it is possible to park at the gate and walk 2.1 miles on the road to the old trailhead. This walk, however, is pretty ugly, descending through a clearcut before you get to the lovely Butte Creek Falls trail.