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 Post subject: New road interrupts trail
 Post Posted: February 11th, 2018, 7:38 am 
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We hiked to Three Corner Rock from the PCT and continued down the Stebbins Creek Trail (one-way, car shuttle). When we were a few switchbacks from W-2000 road and Three Corner Rock TH the trail abruptly ended at a ~15 foot drop down to a new road. It appeared too steep, so we bushwhacked up a bit, seeing what looked like a drainage on our GPS. Not much of a drainage, but there was a place we could slide down the hill to the road.

Other trip conditions:
The Three Corner Rock TH was filled with construction vehicles, although there was another parking area just up the road.
Roads in good condition. We drove up W-2000 and CG-2090 to the PCT.
The PCT is snow covered at about 2800 ft and up to the Three Corner Rock plateau. Hard pack and sloped, we used Yax and spikes and very glad we had them. Snow also on the way down Three Corner via Stebbins, but not for long.
Fairly easy to cross Stebbins Creek on rocks.
The trail does pass through a short section of a clear-cut.

Nice views from the top, although some haze and clouds.


File comment: From Base Camp, showing where the trail ends :(, short bushwhack uphill to slide down to the road. Then we road walked down to W-2000 and back up to the TH.
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File comment: Photo of trail ending at a new road. Arrow points to end of the trail.
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 Post subject: Re: New road interrupts trail
 Post Posted: February 11th, 2018, 11:53 am 
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Darn rude to do that and not make a ramp or detour for us.

There is a similar intrusion on the Tarbell Trail between Grouse Vista and the Sturgeon Rock Trail.


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 Post subject: Re: New road interrupts trail
 Post Posted: February 11th, 2018, 3:21 pm 
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cfm wrote:
There is a similar intrusion on the Tarbell Trail between Grouse Vista and the Sturgeon Rock Trail.

Are you sure? I hiked Tarbell from Sturgeon Rock down to GV this past summer, and there were no roads anywhere near that stretch.

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 Post Posted: February 11th, 2018, 7:58 pm 
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Thanks for the info. I've put a caution in the Field Guide about this. Washington DNR does this kind of thing all too frequently; farther north on the Tarbell Trail, between Hidden Falls and Kloochman Butte, there are new logging roads and WTA is making some trail reroutes.


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 Post Posted: February 12th, 2018, 11:12 am 
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Sugar Pine wrote:
We hiked to Three Corner Rock from the PCT and continued down the Stebbins Creek Trail (one-way, car shuttle). When we were a few switchbacks from W-2000 road and Three Corner Rock TH the trail abruptly ended at a ~15 foot drop down to a new road. It appeared too steep, so we bushwhacked up a bit, seeing what looked like a drainage on our GPS. Not much of a drainage, but there was a place we could slide down the hill to the road.

Well yeah, that's just damn rude! Glad to see that, as the thought of taking the Stebbins Creek trail up there has been in the back of my mind recently. Jeez! At least I have a track of where the trail used to be, so finding it should be more possible than arriving at the destroyed trailhead unaware of this mess. :evil:

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cfm wrote:
There is a similar intrusion on the Tarbell Trail between Grouse Vista and the Sturgeon Rock Trail.

Are you sure? I hiked Tarbell from Sturgeon Rock down to GV this past summer, and there were no roads anywhere near that stretch.

Yep! This is one of the spots where Tarbell crosses, with nary a clue where the trail continues beyond...

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 Post Posted: February 12th, 2018, 4:32 pm 
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That is so mean. Good to hear about conditions, although they will change with the next storm. I've been wanting to do that back way into Table and Three Corner Rock from the PCT for awhile. I'd also thought about Stebbens creek, but maybe not now.
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