Bridge adjacent to Rogers Lake was removed in September 2005 and will not be
replaced. Ford is upstream of old bridge site but not recommended for hikers
until later in summer when water is slower moving.
HAZARD FROM 2003 FIRES per 250.
STOCK HAZARDS: The THIRD and FOURTH Camas Creek fords pose a STOCK HAZARD due to a high volume of water running over many large boulders and rocks. Trail tread in certain locations has sluffed, is missing, or is very irregular and can provide for uneven footing. Large boulders have been deposited on the trail, but can be negotiated by going off-trail above or below them. Some dry washes after the FOURTH Camas Creek crossing have abrupt edges and erosion has created uneven footing in rocky conditions. 7/17/2013 per 223.
WATER HAZARDS: There are five fords of Camas Creek, beginning at the Arrow Lake Campground and ending at the Camas Lake Campground. The THIRD and FOURTH stream crossings are the most hazardous, and have large slippery rocks and boulders along the stream bed and swift water flowing through and over them. 07/17/2013 per 223.
ROUTE FINDING: The Camas Creek Trail from the head of Arrow Lake to Camas Lake
Campground may be difficult for some to follow. At the HEAD of ARROW LAKE the
trail dissappears in the flooded waters of the lake. Follow the lakeshore,
crossing multiple small feeder streams and Camas Creek, for about one hundred
meters; look to the left (north) and a yellow marker on a tree marks the
trail, from whence it heads on the right (east) side of Camas Creek through
open meadows. 07/17/2013 per 223.
Trail is clear. 7/31/13 per 223. HAZARD FROM 2003 FIRES per 250.
HAZARD FROM 2003 FIRES per 250
Clear per 624 katz 7/19/2013
SNOW HAZARD: Even after blasting, the trail will still involve crossing snow that will deform over time into an uneven surface as it melts. This means the tread on Ahern Drift (approx. 3.5 miles from Granite Park) may become hardened and packed ice with a steep angle tread thus crampons, an ice axe, and the knowledge and skills necessary to use this equipment safely is recommended. There is also the option of going off-trail down and below the drift, then climbing back up to the trail with a relatively minimal amount of effort or time. Per 250
STOCK WARNING: The Ahern Drift section (3.5 miles north of Granite Park) is not recommended for pack animals carrying loads due to a retaining wall collapse near the drift which has narrowed the trail to 3' wide. Repairs will be complicated and have not yet been scheduled. 7/31/13 per 250. Additional snow hazards: Cattle Queen Drift (approx. 6.5 miles from Granite Park)is a low angle drift which can be up to 120 ft across. It will melt out from underneath creating a thin snow bridge that is probably not visible to hikers. This drift thus becomes a hazard in June and should be approached with caution from late June-into August. There is an alternate route below the drift that involves crossing Cattle Queen Creek about 130' below the trail. Per 250.
HAZARDS FROM 2003 FIRES.
Trail is not well maintained and can be hard to follow on the ridge. Navigation skills may be necessary.
HAZARD FROM '03 FIRES per 250.
Not advised for stock per 256
HAZARD FROM 2003 FIRES per 250.
1. Apgar Horse Loops:Cleared 5/15/13 per 256
2. East McDonald Creek Trail (John's Lake Trailhead to Avalanche Creek Campground):Cleared 5/22/13 per 256
3. West McDonald Creek Trail (North McDonald Lake Road):Cleared 5/14/13 per 256
4. Trail of the Cedars:Cleared 5/14/13 per 256
5. Upper McDonald Creek Horse Loop: The trail is clear.
6. John's Lake Horse Looop:Cleared 5/14/13 per 256
Trail is clear of trees and snow. 7/12/13 per 223.
Clear of trees and debris. 7/22/13 per 222
Last two miles of trail to pass is 25% snow covered as of 7/12/13 per 250 Trail is in winter conditions (snow, ice, route finding skills necessary).
Trail is clear of trees and snow. 7/24/13 per 223
Trail clear and in good condition. 07/21/13 per 622
Trail is clear of trees and debris. 7/12/13 per 222