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Pacific Crest-Timberline-Top Spur Trail Junction

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The sign at this trail junction. The Timberline Trail heads east to the left (Steve Hart)
Looking southwestward. The Timberline Trail is on the left and the Pacific Crest Trail is one the right. (Steve Hart)
The Top Spur Trail junction is about 100 feet north (Steve Hart)


This is a fairly confusing confluence of trails, affectionately known as "Confusion Junction". New signs were added in 2010, but still lack basic mileage and directional information so only help the situation to a degree. At this junction, the Timberline Trail (#600) meets the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000). From this junction, the Timberline Trail (#600) northbound is signed as "Cairn Basin" and southbound is signed as "Muddy Fork". The Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) northbound is signed "Lolo Pass" and southbound is signed "Timberline Lodge". Old maps show a Bald Mountain Shelter at this junction, and the open log structure was once located in the flat clearing northeast of the junction (usually occupied by confused hikers, studying maps and field guides).

Just a few yards north of here on the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) is the junction with the Top Spur Trail #784A, leading a half-mile west to the popular Top Spur Trailhead.

Just a few hundred feet south of here on the Timberline Trail (#600) is the unmarked junction with the old lookout spur to Bald Mountain.


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